There is this new trend in Paris whereby Wallace fountains are painted all kinds of colours (above, Poterne des Peupliers in a yet to be inaugurated new housing development - use Streetview to get back in time). Sir Richard must be turning in his grave. Below is a very apt red version in Chinatown.
I doubt this Wallace fountain was painted red out of nostalgia for the late Chairman Mao. Chinese quarter, Paris, August 2013
The archetypal Paris fountain is a gift from Richard Wallace, an English gentleman and benefactor of the besieged Paris and Parisians in 1870, the illegitimate son of Richard Seymour-Conway and a man with a complex biography. The fountains were designed by Lebourg. The rationale behind the fountains is to be found in the fact that... Continue Reading →