"There is a surprise in store for the children who go to Kensington Gardens to feed the ducks in the Serpentine this morning. Down by the little bay on the south-western side of the tail of the Serpentine they will find a May-day gift by Mr J.M. Barrie, a figure of Peter Pan blowing his pipe on the stump of a tree, with fairies and mice and squirrels all around. It is the work of Sir George Frampton, and the bronze figure of the boy who would never grow up is delightfully conceived."
But then there's this picture I found of children frolicing around the Liverpool statue in Sefton Park...I'm torn!
Finally, some not-so-happy facts about the Llewelyn Davies brothers, who were the inspiration for the Peter Pan stories and later his foster sons. George, the eldest brother, was killed in action in World War I. The eponymous Peter resented his public identification as "the original Peter Pan" and, after a prolonged battle with alcoholism, committed suicide by throwing himself under a train at the Sloane Street tube station. Michael, the fourth child and the model for the Kensington Garden statue, drowned at Oxford at age 21 in what is now thought to be a suicide pact with his presumed homosexual lover. It's so sad...Finding Neverland is one of my favorite movies, and it's just heartbreaking to know that the original bliss ended in tragedy!