Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Ibsen's Statue, National Theatre, Oslo

A statue of the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen 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; "The geraniums are out: Ibsen, the author of Ghosts, looks sternly down the Storlingsgaten (sic Stortingsgata) ." (Pg. 68). Lowry most probably saw the statue on a possible visit to theatre on his 1931 trip to Norway.

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