The Moat Brae Statue
A HOME FOR PETER PAN
A feature at Moat Brae
As the garden at Moat Brae has such close associations with Barrie and Neverland it is only right that Peter Pan should find a home there.
This must have been the thought of Mrs Dorothy Angus of Kirkcudbright who left £1000 in her will to create something to commemorate JM Barrie’s connection to Moat Brae. Local artist, Nicky Birbeck was commissioned to produce a statue of Peter Pan to be mounted
in the garden. Once completed, the statue was cast in fibreglass resin and unveiled in 1992 by Alf Truckell, a popular local figure, formerly Dumfries Museum curator.
The picture shows the VIPs
at the unveiling ceremony, Alf Truckell, Dr George Gordon –
Chairman of the Moat Brae
Nursing Home Trustees, Nicky Birkbeck and leaning against Peter Pan’s plinth of Locharbriggs sandstone, the model for the statue, fourteen year old David Jones who lived with his family close to Lochmaben and was a near neighbour of the sculptor. This particular Peter Pan DID grow up; he is now Major David Jones
and is Officer Commanding 51 Squadron, Royal Engineers.
The plinth is still standing in the garden but currently it is empty. Damaged by vandals, the statue was repaired in time to be photographed with Michael Aspel in 2003 when the
Antiques Road Show came to Dumfries. It subsequently disappeared but in 2011 it was returned in time for Joanna Lumley, patron of the Moat Brae Trust, to launch a major fundraising campaign to repair the roof and make the building stable. When the Centre for Children’s Literature opens in 2018 it will be returned to its rightful place.
Peter Pan Statuette
A very special, limited edition gift
This charming statuette is a copy of Sir George Frampton’s monumental work commissioned by JM Barrie in 1910 and secretly placed in Kensington Gardens on the night of 30 April 1912.
This new work is taken from a very small edition created in 1915 in aid of the Red Cross in the Great War. It has been made available by Joanna Lumley, who launched this new, limited edition statuette exactly 100 years later – to the day. Only 100 copies will be cast and sold. Each commission will be produced by the Black Isle Bronze foundry in Nairn and the proceeds of all sales will go to support the work of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust. Peter Pan 2012 is a bronze statuette, numbered and marked Centenary Edition 2012 on the base. It is 22 inches / 54.5 cm high on a bronze base.
The statuette is priced at £10,000 including VAT, packing and delivery to addresses in the UK. Orders will be commissioned individually with payment required in advance.
To find out more about this special opportunity, including how to order, please contact:
Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust
Moat Brae House
Email or call 01387 255 549