The Diana Fountain in Bushy Park
, on the outskirts of London
, is a seventeenth-century statue ensemble and water feature in an eighteenth-century setting with a surrounding pool and mile long tree lined vistas. Originally created for Somerset House
in the 1630s, and remodelled about 1690, the fountain has stood since 1713 in Bushy Park, and now forms a large traffic island in Chestnut Avenue.
It is the focal point of two major vistas designed by Sir Christopher Wren, including Chestnut Avenue which is the ceremonial landward approach to Hampton Court Palace
. The traffic island is circular and contains a 400-foot (120 m) diameter pool surrounded by lawns, with the Diana statue on a tall base in the middle of the pool. The fountain was listed as Grade II in 1952, and in February 2011 reclassified as Grade I.
The bronze sculptures were originally commissioned by Charles the 1st for Queen Henrietta Maria's garden at Somerset
House in central London. The original design for the fountain was apparently by Inigo Jones, whose sketch drawing survives at Chatsworth House
, showing figures recognizably the same as those in place today, but in a different arrangement and in a different stonework setting.