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It’s rare - but not unknown as you’ll see below - for a statue to commemorate a character from fiction. Winnie The Pooh is included, as it’s interesting to hear how the fictional bear got his name from a real one.

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Fiction

Sherlock Holmes

The first full-size statue of Sherlock Holmes was in Switzerland in 1988, by British sculptor John Doubleday – who also did the Charlie Chaplin, in Leicester Square. Doubleday was then commissioned for this tribute to the famous detective in London, unveiled in 1999.

Marylebone Road NW1
Tube: Baker Street

Rima

This nude by Jacob Epstein caused great controversy, being tarred and feathered in 1929 after a similar attack on Peter Pan followed a heated public debate on the relative merits of both. This bird garden is dedicated to naturalist and writer William
H Hudson; Rima, the bird-girl, was one of his characters.

Hyde Park SW7
Tube: Lancaster Gate

Paddington Bear

Oddly hard to find - partly because it is usually hidden by people sitting around it - this bronze is burnished to a golden colour by regular attention from children of all ages. By sculptor Marcus Cornish, it’s based on the much-loved book illustrations by Peggy Fortnum.

Paddington Station W2
Tube: Paddington

Peter Pan

Writer JM Barrie paid George Frampton to sculpt this work which appeared overnight in 1919. Questions were asked as to why an author had been allowed to erect a tribute to his own creation in a public park but it was so instantly popular it was allowed to remain. There are seven copies around the world.

Kensington Gardens W8
Tube: Lancaster Gate

Winnie The Pooh

This statue by Lorne McKean shows Canadian WWI soldier Harry Colebourn and his pet bear, Winnie - named after his hometown of Winnipeg. He bought the black bear cub in Ontario and donated it to London Zoo on his way to the front. The bear became a friend of Christopher Robin, son of author AA Milne.

ZSL London Zoo NW1
Tube: Regent’s Park

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