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Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Thomas Paine (1737–1809)

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A larger than life-size gilded statue of Thomas Paine wearing a wig and period dress standing on a classical plinth set on a single-step base. The figure is in an animated standing pose with an outstretched right hand holding a quill pen and a down-stretched left hand holding the book 'Rights of Man' upside-down. Paine is represented as a writer and internationalist – the globe signifying his status as 'World citizen'.


Date

1964

Medium

gilded bronze

Measurements

H 225 x W 150 x D (?) cm (E);
Plinth: H 155 x W 143.5 x D 86.5 cm (E)

Accession number

IP24_RHT_S006

Acquisition method

commissioned by the Thomas Paine Foundation 

Work type

Statue

Owner

Norfolk County Council

Custodian

Norfolk County Council

Access

at all times

Signature/marks description

Sculptor Charles Wheeler P.R.A: Dedicated June 7.1964

Inscription description

front: 'MY COUNTRY IS THE WORLD : MY RELIGION TO DO GOOD' / 'Presented to the people of England / by the Thomas Paine Foundation / New York U.S.A. Secretary Joseph Lewis'; west-facing: 'Independence is / my happiness and / I view things as / they are without / regard to place or / person I had rather / record a thousand / errors dictated / by humanity than / one inspired by a / justice too severe / Wisdom is not the / purchase of a day'; east-facing: 'Justice is due to every / man : I seek no re- / compense - I fear / no consequences / Fortified with that / proud integrity that / disdains triumph or / to yield. I will ad- / vocate the rights / of man : it is an / affront to truth / to treat falsehood / with complaisance' back left: 'My own mind is my / own church what- / ever is my right as / a man is also the / right of another / And it becomes my / duty to gaurantee / as well as possess / Why do men con- / tinue to practice / on themselves the / absurdities they / despise in others'; back right: 'It is necessary to / the happiness of / man that he be men- / tally faithful to / himself: I believe / in the equality of / man. I believe that / religious duties con- / sist in doing just- / ice loving mercy / and endeavouring / to make our fellow / creatures happy.'; foot at rear: 'World Citizen / Englishman by birth - French citizen by decree / American by adoption'


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Located at

King Street, Thetford

IP24 2AT

Located in front of King's House on King Street.