The first statue of Jane Austen will be unveiled this July

The Basingstoke Observer has reported a prototype of a statue of our Jane will be unveiled later this week with a life size statue to be unveiled in July.

The statue, the world’s first, is to commemorate our Jane’s death in 2017 and is part of a year long celebration of her legacy.  The statue will be located in the Basingstoke town centre.

From the article:

Basingstoke sculptor Adam Roud has been commissioned by the Hampshire Cultural Trust to create the world’s first Austen sculpture, in order to continue the local feel of the tribute.

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Basingstoke MP Maria Miller will be on hand for the unveiling, and said: “Jane Austen is a writer of worldwide repute.

“Born in the borough, she is a women who broke the mould in her generation.

“I am delighted that she is to be recognised in a sculpture; it is a fitting tribute to her, not only locally, but will also serve to reinforce her place in history as one of the finest writers.’

 

 

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