Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Bjørnson's Statue, National Theatre, Oslo
A statue of the Norwegian writer Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson stands outside the National Theatre in Oslo. The statue was sculpted by Stephan Sinding and erected in 1899.
Lowry refers to the statue in his novel Ultramarine when the novel's protagonist Dana Hilliot is thinking of girlfriend Janet Travena and their time in Oslo; "while Bjørnson watches the park attendant gather up the autumn leaves." (Pg. 68). Lowry most probably saw the statue on a possible visit to theatre on his 1931 trip to Norway.