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  The Untermyer Fountain ?The Three Dancing Maidens?
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  • The Untermyer Fountain “The Three Dancing Maidens” - New York City
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  • The Untermyer Fountain “The Three Dancing Maidens” - New York City
      The Untermyer Fountain ?The Three Dancing Maidens?
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      Frances Burnett Memorial Fountain
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Known as the Untermyer Fountain, ?The Three Dancing Maidens? were sculpted by Walter Schott (1861-1938) in Germany some time before 1910. The work came to the Central Park?s Conservatory Garden in 1947 when it was donated by the children of Samuel and Minnie Untermyer.

The bronze maidens frolic on a limestone base in the center of an oval fountain pool. This is the ideal spot for this work of art because the maidens? dresses appear to cling to their skin as if they are soaked from the fountain?s water. In late April and early May the fountain is surrounded by tulips.

Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (1849?1924), a native of Great Britain, was a children?s story author. These bronze figures, based on the characters of Mary and Dickon from Burnett?s ?The Secret Garden,? form the main feature of the memorial fountain that pays tribute to her.

Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955) sculpted figures in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The memorial, in New York?s Central Park?s Conservatory Garden, was dedicated in 1937.

Address: Fifth Avenue + East 103rd Street
Directions: Bounded by Centeral Park West & 5th Ave. and W. 110thSt. & W. 59 th St.
Phone: (212) 310-6600
Website: http://www.centralpark.org/

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  • Updated May 14, 2007
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