Dickens and Little Nell

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    The only full-sized statue of Dickens in the world is located in Clark Park, West Philadelphia. In his will, Dickens specifically directed that there be no monument or memorial erected in his honor by his family and friends, since he preferred that he be remembered through his published works alone.

    Unfortunately (or fortunately, as it later turned out), Frank Elwell, the sculptor who designed and cast Dickens and Little Nell was not aware of this restrictive clause in Dickens's will, thus the statue came into being without the blessing of the Dickens estate and heirs.
    The statue was offered to Dicken's son, who was incensed at the ignorance of the Americans and refused the gift.

    see members.cruzio.com/~varese/dickens/statue.html

    ruthalice43, pwbaker, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. ruthalice43 101 months ago | reply

      what a wonderful shot !!! thank you for your kind comment on the fish shot .

    2. usamabhatti 101 months ago | reply

      interesting story. I didn't know that. nicely composed shot too.

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    3. !!WaynePhotoGuy 101 months ago | reply

      Great story...
      Darn Americans - Good for US.

      Thanks for the insight.

    4. Luminous Lens 101 months ago | reply

      Interesting story. Thanks for sharing!

      Also, great job not blowing out the sky in the background and maintaining that nice blue.

    5. ...*melissa*... 101 months ago | reply

      I like your description - it makes the image a lot more interesting. I'm not a huge fan of the image, but you've composed it well.



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    6. photo fabulous 101 months ago | reply

      nice angle for the shot. the description does add to the flavor. thanks for sharing!

      spotted in the continuum

    7. The Ancient Brit. 101 months ago | reply

      The shot is finely composted and the light is excellent. I am not required to comment but this shot jumped at me when only a thumbnail.
      On the subject of Dickens and Little Nell I can only offer you the comment made by Oscar Wilde, "One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing."

    8. StL Photographer [deleted] 101 months ago | reply

      lovely well composed shot.


    9. pwbaker 96 months ago | reply

      I believe the friends of clark park just had that statute cleaned and restored about 2 or 3 yrs ago

    10. pwbaker 94 months ago | reply

      man ole chuck needs to loosen up a little

    11. Ray Skwire 91 months ago | reply

      Thanks for adding this picture. With you, ChrisinPhilly and myself, we already have three different views of this statue. With yours, we get some good history behind it and with Chris, we get a great perspective shot with a large crowd present in the park itself.

      Thanks for adding it to the Clark Park group.

    12. Frankjc3rd 9 months ago | reply

      I grew up near this park.

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