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The Fountain of Love
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Cliveden — the backdrop to the Profumo affair in the Sixties — has been a hotbed of sexual and political intrigue for three centuries. The first thing you see when you drive into the grounds of Cliveden is the Fountain of Love. When William Waldorf Astor commissioned this giant marble sculpture of semi-naked women rising out of a pool, he couldn’t have guessed how apt it would be. He knew that the poet Alexander Pope had described the Italianate mansion on the river Thames as a “bower of wanton… love”. He knew that it had been associated with sexual and political intrigue throughout its 220-year history. But he didn’t know that, 68 years after he bought it, for $1.25m in 1893, a beautiful young woman would climb out of a pool and bring down a government.