Statue of Peter Pan

Novel Peter Pan (1911)
Peter Pan, its author James Matthew Barrie and Kensington Gardens, is a powerful story that goes beyond the novel. In particular thanks to a statue that appeared one night as if by magic.
La statue de Peter Pan à Kensington Garden (CC BY-SA 4.0/ Ethan Doyle White)
La statue de Peter Pan à Kensington Garden (CC BY-SA 4.0/ Ethan Doyle White)

“Everytime a child says ‘I don’t believe in fairies’ there is a a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead..”

James Matthew Barrie

A true hymn to the will not to grow up and to remain an eternal child, Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie is one of the greatest novels of world literature.

James Matthew Barrie and the Llewelyn Davies children

In 1897, James Matthew Barrie met the Llewelyn Davies children in Kensington Park. He imagines for George, Jack, Michael and Peter, the adventures of Peter Pan. He also became friends with their parents, Sylvia and Arthur.

In 1902, he wrote The Little White Bird in which his famous character appeared for the first time. He then turned it into the play Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. The play was staged on December 27, 1904 in London.

He wrote a novel version seven years later, under the title Peter and Wendy. When Arthur Llewelyn Davies died in 1907, he helped the rest of the family financially, especially with the income generated by the play.

The Peter Pan statue in Kensington Garden

The Kensington Gardens in London are inseparable from James Matthew Barrie and Peter Pan. The author receives the key to the Lancaster gate of the park from the Duke of Cambridge, a great fan of the Little White Bird.

In addition to the important meeting of the Llewelyn Davies family that marked his life, it is also in these gardens that a statue of Peter Pan playing the flute is erected.

In 1912, for the first time, a character by a living author was sculpted. This work by George Frampton was commissioned by the novelist in the greatest of secrecy. Along the Serpentine, the waterway of the park, is installed the statue in the night of April 30. J. M. Barrie wanted the children to think that fairies had magically placed it there.

Statues and royalties

George Frampton has reproduced seven statues of Peter Pan that can be found in Brussels, Camden, Perth, Liverpool and Toronto.

Adapted many times to the theater, musicals and movies, including the beautiful version of Walt Disney in 1953 or Hook by Steven Spielberg with Robin Williams, Peter Pan is a timeless work. The novel also put forward a precept in psychology; the Peter Pan syndrome, to refer to the anguish associated with the idea of becoming an adult.

James Matthew Barrie has made the welfare of children his primary concern. Thus, in 1929, the writer decided to donate all the royalties from his play to the Hospital for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street in London. When he died in 1937, with no descendants, the royalties continued to fall into the establishment’s coffers.


In 1990, the comic book author Régis Loisel published the novel in six volumes under the title Peter Pan.

J. M. Barrie playing Neverland with Michael Llewelyn Davies, 1906 More details J. M. Barrie playing Neverland with Michael Llewelyn Davies, 1906 - Peter Pan (Domaine public / Wiki Commons)
J. M. Barrie playing Neverland with Michael Llewelyn Davies, 1906 More details J. M. Barrie playing Neverland with Michael Llewelyn Davies, 1906 – Peter Pan (Domaine public / Wiki Commons)
Statue de Peter Pan Kensington Gardens (CC BY-SA 4.0 / Colin McLaughlin)
Statue de Peter Pan Kensington Gardens (CC BY-SA 4.0 / Colin McLaughlin)

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens is a public park in London.

Opened in 1689, these gardens were previously private. The king and queen, William III and Mary II created a park in Kensington Palace.

The gardens, now public, cover 110 hectares. They are home to the Prince Albert Memorial, the Serpentine Gallery, the Orangery, the Diana Memorial Playground, Queen Caroline’s Temple and many statues, including that of Peter Pan sculpted by George Frampton in 1912.

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