6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Surrey Life today click here

Alice and the White Rabbit statue in Guildford

PUBLISHED: 18:22 20 September 2010 | UPDATED: 16:26 29 May 2014

Alice and the White Rabbit statue in Guildford

Alice and the White Rabbit statue in Guildford

With all the recent celebrations of Lewis Carroll going on in Guildford, marking the author’s close association with the town, you may well have wondered about the little Alice and the White Rabbit statue situated near the town centre alongside the River Wey at Millmead. Well, wonder no more…

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2010

***

“The statue was made by Edwin Russell, a local sculptor, in 1984,” says Mary Alexander, collections officer at Guildford Museum and Guildford House Gallery. “It was given to the town by Arundel House Securities who had developed Westbury House, over the road from the sculpture, and was unveiled on July 11, 1984, by the town’s MP at the time, David Howell.”

The eye-catching sculpture was created in clay and then moulded in plaster and cast in fibreglass. It was then sent to a foundry in London to be cast in bronze, taking three months to make. 

"The girls who posed for it were friends of the artist’s daughters,” says Mary. “The rabbit was chosen from 500 white rabbits on a farm and lived with the sculptor’s family.

“It seems to be popular – a path has been worn around it, and children often sit on the rabbit.”

Edwin Russell also made a group of sheep for an office block in the Upper High Street, as a reminder of Guildford’s wool trade.

0 comments

More from Out & About

Yesterday, 22:05

Discover stunning Surrey Hills countryside, including England’s largest single estate vineyard, on this three-hour Mole Valley walk

Read more
Yesterday, 12:52

Exciting plans to crowdfund a new colossal bronze of GF Watts’ Physical Energy equestrian sculpture have taken a step forward at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village today.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:24

You never know what you might find at these beautifully quirky and always inspiring attractions to visit in Surrey this spring

Read more
Yesterday, 07:21

The former home of press baron, Lord Beaverbrook, is being transformed into a luxurious country hotel. Nestled within 400 acres of countryside between Dorking and Leatherhead, what better place to base a staycation in the centre of Surrey. Rebecca Younger visits the first phase of this exciting project

Read more
Yesterday, 07:21

From woodland glades to film set masterpieces and vineyard wonders, Surrey has a wealth of beautiful gardens to visit throughout the open gardens season. Surrey Life gardening editor, Leigh Clapp, picks out 25 of her favourites*

*The gardens featured are listed alphabetically, not in order of preference

Read more

In our regular feature focusing on Surrey’s amazing towns, this month the spotlight lands on the county’s cultural and creative quarter, Farnham

Read more
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

From bouncing baby lambs to swooping birds of prey, rediscover your wild side at one of these Surrey attractions this spring

Read more
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

As well as all of its wonderful little English country gardens, Surrey is home to some of the most important garden attractions in the world

Read more
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

From the thrills of wakeboarding to leisurely river boat journeys and lazing on lakes in pedalos, Surrey’s got rivers, lakes, waterways and outdoor pools to explore

Read more
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It’s not just the spring flowers that bloom at this time of year, as artists across Surrey escape their studios for the natural gallery of outdoor art exhibitions

Read more
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hey, we live in England and spring isn’t always about daffodils, bluebells and sunshine! Here are a few ideas to brighten those grey, dreary and rain on the window pane kind of days in Surrey

Read more
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Explore the best spring walks for National Walking Month; discover 50 years of wonder at University of Surrey; head into the woods at Grange Park Opera; meet our new columnist, author Adele Parks; and much, much more…

Read more
Thursday, April 6, 2017

As the second anniversary of the fire at Clandon Park approaches, Claire Saul visits to hear about the restoration project shaping a bright new future

Read more
Thursday, April 6, 2017

AppArt’s annual Art Exhibition & Sculpture Trail at Prior’s Field School showcases new, emerging artists, along with many old favourites exhibiting their work.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Surrey Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Surrey's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search