1 July 2018 Susannah

Literary Statues

Characters from the ‘Narnia’ books of CS Lewis in a Belfast square

On my travels I love to see statues of favourite literary characters. In Philadelphia recently I sought out a statue of Dickens with Little Nell at his side, I love the one of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (it was erected overnight so that children would think it had appeared by magic), and one of Sherlock Holmes in Edinburgh near the spot where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born. There’s a statue of Paddington Bear at Paddington Station, one of Rip van Winkle near the home of Washington Irving, a fabulous one of Sam-I-Am carrying green eggs and ham in Springfield, one of Mowgli in India, and some gorgeous ones of CS Lewis’s characters from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in Belfast. Don Quixote features in several Spanish towns, and of course Shakespeare’s characters have been immortalised in bronze and stone around the world.

Statue of The Little Mermaid

Statue of The Little Mermaid

One of the most beloved of all literary statues is The Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale. It was a gift to Copenhagen from the wealthy son of a brewer who loved the story. A ballerina who had danced in a version of the story was the model for the head and the sculptor’s wife modelled for the nude body. Sadly, she has been vandalised several times – decapitated, lost an arm, daubed in paint and even dressed in a burqa, but she is always mended and, sitting serenely on her rock, is today an iconic image of the Danish capital. There are more than 13 copies of the statue around the world.

Do you have some favourite statues of literary characters? Do let me know by leaving a comment.

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   The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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Featured image credit- Characters from the ‘Narnia’ books of CS Lewis in a Belfast square, ©Susannah Fullerton
Body image credit- Statue of The Little Mermaid by Avda-berlin – Own work, previously published: 2013-07-30, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40128083
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Comments (4)

  1. jenny O'Neill

    jenny O’Neill
    what are the statues in the 3 top photos please?

    • Susannah Fullerton

      They are all characters from C S Lewsi’s Narnia novels starting with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The characters are the White Witch, Maugrim the Wolf and Aslan the Lion. They are all in a public square in Belfast.

  2. Lorna Graham

    Did you know that there is also a statue of Paddington Bear in Lima, Peru?
    He is dressed in a coat made from a Union Jack(!!??) designed by Stephen Fry.
    It is situated at one of the outlying beaches, and was donated by the British Consulate
    My brother came across it recently. He says the locals are much bemused by Paddington!

    • Susannah Fullerton

      No, I did not know about that one. How fabulous! Thanks for telling me.

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