Charles Dickens Dog And Pot Sculpture Unveiled In Southwark

A new sculpture was officially unveiled yesterday at the corner of Union Street and Blackfriars Road, on the last day of the Charles Dickens bicentenary. As a 12 year old boy, Dickens used to walk past a statue of a dog and pot over a shop as he went to work (yes, work), vowing to one day go back to school and make something of himself. He later immortalised it in his autobiography:

My usual way home was over Blackfriars Bridge and down that turning in the Blackfriars Road which has Rowland Hill’s chapel on one side, and the likeness of a golden dog licking a golden pot over a shop door on the other.

This replica – which has its own Twitter account – is made from elm wood and created by Michael Painter, a carpenter and artist who has worked on Windsor Castle, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster. If you want to see the original, it’s in Southwark’s Cuming Museum.

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  • Mark Y-M

    Those foot supports for the dog are ugly and far too big.

  • DiagonalView

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  • Zapatos de mujer

    fantastic replica.

  • Paul

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we have our own Little Brown Dog statue (Version 2) in Battersea Park