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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'.
H 225 x W 150 x D (?) cm (E);
Plinth: H 155 x W 143.5 x D 86.5 cm (E)
commissioned by the Thomas Paine Foundation
Norfolk County Council
Norfolk County Council
at all times
Sculptor Charles Wheeler P.R.A: Dedicated June 7.1964
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'