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Alice and the White Rabbit statue in Guildford

18:22 20 September 2010

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

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“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.

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