§ 47. Sir GIFFORD FOX
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he will make a statement with regard to the proposal for the provision of a site in London for a memorial to the late Anna Pavlova?
§ The FIRST COMMISSIONER of WORKS (Mr. Ormsby-Gore)
I understand that an international appeal for the funds necessary to provide a memorial to the late Anna Pavlova will shortly be made. I have been asked to allow its erection in one of the Royal parks, and have come to the conclusion that the centre of the Rose Garden in the Inner Circle Garden, Regent's Park, would provide an admirable setting. Both the site and the proposed memorial, which will take the form of a fountain designed by Professor Carl Milles of Stockholm, have been approved by the Royal Fine Arts Commission. I should like to add that I deeply appreciate the proposed gift of the fountain by a sculptor of world-wide reputation, not only for itself, but also as a memorial to one whose art and personality gave enjoyment to so many thousands of our countrymen.
As there are so very few places in which public monuments can be erected, and seeing how many women have lived and died for England, is it not a little far-fetched to give one of those places for a statue to a Russian dancer, no matter how beautiful she was? It seems to me very farfetched.