This a delightful statue of the goddess Diana or Aphrodite located in front of D.C. Superior Court - 5th & D St., NW. It's obviously been there much longer than the buildings around it; an extremely faint engraving on the side places the statue at around 1920. The engraving reads:
This monument has been erected by his friends with the sanction of Congress in memory of Joseph James Darlington.
Counselor, Teacher, Lover of Mankind.
The monument was sculpted by Carl Paul Jennewein and completed in 1923.
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(Dec 2, 2005) The Darlington Memorial has been removed for new construction at this site (underground parking).
(Feb 8, 2007) The Darlington Memorial (or, Nymph and Faun) has been returned to its original location.