A work of art in its own right

In their concern to improve their image, the Rouen authorities were keen for the pump to have maximum impact on the population. As its improved technical qualities were immediately obvious, they decided to present it as a veritable work of art.
The new "Aldermen’s’" pump was richly decorated. It is surrounded by a wrought iron balustrade, embellished with decorative designs on the copper, and bears a beautiful commemorative inscription in a red copper cartouche.

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Règne de Louis
XV
De la mairie de Mr Jean Jacques Mouchard
Escuer coner secrettaire du Roy
Maison couronne de France et de ses finances
Maire de la ditte ville
Mrs Robert Boquet. Pierre Hebert. Chevallier
Sr de la Pleigniere. Antoine le Pigny Eser Sr
De Bimare. Jean Baptiste Alexandre
Nicolas le Planquois et Jean Moulin Echevins
Mrs François de Bailleul. Coner et Pr du Roy
Claude Coignard Grefer Secre de la Dte
Ville. Honoré Maure Recevre dicelle
Nicollas le Carpentier Me des ouvrages
De la ditte ville
Cette pompe
Faite année
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