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In 1907 a bronze sculpture of ‘Sappho’ was presented to Letchworth by Mrs. Katherine McLean, whose husband was the sculptor. Mrs. McLean was not a resident of Letchworth but had links through her sister. In 1936, the statue was moved from her original location on the corner of Station Way and Broadwater Avenue (see the 1909 photograph of her) to the Ball Memorial Garden (see 1969 photograph included in the exhibition) but was stolen in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Her disappearance remains a mystery, and for some time her origins were also unknown. In 1960, the local press featured articles asking for information about where she had come from, which were successfully answered.

Sappho was an Ancient Greek poet who was born on the Isle of Lesbos. She was born between 630-612BC and died around 570BC. Her poetry was concerned with love and passion.

13th Aug 2009

Art and Design, Citizenship, English, Geography, History

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

sculpture, garden, park, stealing, theft, Sappho, poet, poetry

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