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Statue: Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Erection date: 1/5/1912


{Inscribed on the sculpture:}
Geo. Frampton, R. A. 1912

{On a plaque laid into the ground in front of the sculpture:}
Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.
Sculptor Sir George Frampton, R.A. 1860 - 1928. This bronze, a gift of Sir James Barrie OM, 1860 - 1937, the creator of Peter Pan, was placed here 1st May 1912.
HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon unveiled this plaque presented by the Friends of Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens 1st May 1997.

The first Peter Pan, Nina Boucicault, (always a woman) modelled for the statue in 1911. Barrie personally commissioned the sculpture and arranged for its erection in Kensington Gardens. Frampton’s memorial in St Paul’s, London, has a figure holding a model of this statue.

The plaque was laid on the 85th anniversary of the erection of the statue.

We were surprised to learn that this statue was once tarred and feathered.  The terrific Londonist brought this strange truth to our attention.

Arthur Rackham's illustrations for the  1905 book 'Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens' are wonderful - see them at the Library Time Machine.

From our contact at the excellent Parlanti Bronze Foundries we have learnt that there are 6 replicas of this statue, all cast by Parlanti: Brussels, Newfoundland, New Jersey, Liverpool, Perth and Toronto.

Our Parlanti contact has also shared with us a clipping from the Mail on Sunday, showing a letter written by Charles McKinnon who had had, 1947-50, business involvement with Parlanti Castings. The boss there had told McKinnon that Barrie had been very temperamental. "He demanded that the statue of Peter .. had to be installed overnight, the idea being that since Peter was magic, his statue should 'magically' appear, with lawn and flowers all around it. I was told that getting a suitable crane, mobile arc lights and power supply to that part of the Gardens in those early days of electricity - and doing all the work between 10pm and 5am, was a nightmare."

Site: Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1 memorial)

W2, Kensington Gardens

An article in the Telegraph describes how Barrie's walks in these gardens inspired the story of Peter Pan.  Barrie is supposed to have chosen the site for this sculpture.

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Peter Pan

The character first appeared in print in Barrie's 1902 novel 'The Little Whit...

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Sir J. M. Barrie

Playwright and novelist. Born Kirriemuir, Scotland. Moved to London, Bloomsbu...

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Nina Boucicault

English actor. Born into a theatrical family, she began acting as a child. Sh...

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Sir George Frampton

Sculptor.  Born at 91 Brook Street, Lambeth. Died at home at 91 Carlton Hill,...

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Princess Margaret

Born Margaret Rose at Glamis Castle in Scotland. Sister of Queen Elizabeth II...

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