The Little Water Girl is a copy of the London Memorial to the Temperance leader Lady Henry Somerset. The Portland copy was dedicated to Mainer and National Women’s Christian Temperance Union leader Lillian M. N. Stevens. It has been at the Library since 1979, having also graced Congress Square and Deering Oaks. The London original, sculpted in 1887 by George Edward Wade, was vandalized in the 1970s and restored in 1990, using measurements and photos of the Portland memorial.
See also, The Little Water Girl: an essay by Cliff Gallant.