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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Virginia Woolf

AndyScott, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Laury Dizengremel

Materials: Bronze

Unveiled: 16 November 2022 by Emma Woolf, her son Ludo and Sophie Partridge, descendants of Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)  was an innovative and influential modern novelist, who favoured the ‘stream of consciousness’ genre. Mrs Dalloway (1925), To The Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928) are among her best known works. She was also a literary critic, essayist, biographer and conservationist. She suffered mental health problems, which led to her committing suicide.

This statue is sited at Richmond where Virginia Woolf lived with her husband, Leonard, from 1913-1924. It was here in the interwar years that they purchased a small hand-printing press and established The Hogarth Press, named after their home Hogarth House in Paradise Road, Richmond. At first they printed their own works, but gradually expanded this to include those of their friends and acquaintances; eventually the hand-press could not cope with demand and their printing became a commercial concern.

Location: Upper terraces, Richmond Riverside, Richmond-upon-Thames