Sir Philip Crampton

As the funeral procession in Hades approaches the River Liffey from Great Brunswick (now Pearse) Street, crosses the river, and proceeds north along O'Connell Street, it passes by monumental statues of four great Irish leaders (Smith O'Brien, O'Connell, Gray, and Mathew), a "foundation stone" where the statue of a fifth great Irish leader (Parnell) was eventually to be erected, and the immense towering statue of a great English leader (Nelson). With a kind of faint retrospective comedy, these six majestic monuments are preceded by an unprepossessing one whose honoree seems to have passed out of collective memory. Bloom thinks, "Sir Philip Crampton's memorial fountain bust. Who was he?"

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The Crampton Memorial, in a photograph of unknown date. Source: Wikimedia Commons.