Portsmouth erects Britain's first full-size statue of Charles Dickens
Maev KennedyCharles Dickens has returned to Portsmouth, the city of his birth. An appropriately larger than life statue of one of the most famous and well-read authors in the world was installed overnight in Guildhall Square, and will be unveiled on Friday at a celebration attended by scores of his descendants.
The statue, showing the author seated with a book in hand and another stack of books by his side, was put into place by crane two years late for the worldwide celebrations in 2012 for the bicentenary of Dickens' birth, and 110 years after a statue of him for Portsmouth was first proposed.
The sculptor, Martin Jennings, said of the statue's pose: "I wanted to suggest he is about to jump to his feet and begin one of the readings of Oliver Twist that had people weeping and fainting in the aisles."
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"Portsmouth erects Britain's first full-size statue of Charles Dickens", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2014. Consulté le 28/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/portsmouth-erects-britain-s-first-full-size-statue-of-charles-dickens