Armitage art, or: What monument would you build to Mr. Industrial Darcy?

My FB feed is full of references to this, news reports of a statue of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy rising from a pond, commemorating the BBC Pride and Prejudice (1995), which is planned to to move to a number of locations before being installed in the pond where the scene was filmed sometime next spring. Here’s a picture:

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f9768ebad2c1fd16360f6a706700a4d9The statue in Hyde Park.

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When I saw this, I felt it was on some level unfair. What about our guy? Doesn’t he deserve a statue?

But which one?

I am wondering which monument we’d build to Mr. Thornton. A poll awaits you below. Here are some options.

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“Captain of Industry” Thornton, to be installed on UK factory floors:

ns1-002Mr. Thornton (Richard Armitage) surveys his workers at Marlborough Mills in episode 1 of North & South. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

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“Tea Party” Thornton, to be installed in all the better tearooms:

ns1-106Mr. Thornton (Richard Armitage) swallows a bit of tea for courage and wishes there were some whisky in it, as he prepares to tell Margaret (Daniela Denby-Ashe) that she’s clueless, in episode 1 of North & South. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

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“Labor Relations” Thornton, to be installed at contract negotiations:

ns2-175Mr. Thornton (Richard Armitage) inspires calm confidence in his leadership of the mill by taunting the workers to come and get him, in episode 2 of North & South. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

4.

“Morgue” Thornton, an installation for the medical examiners’ office:

ns3-145Mr. Thornton (Richard Armitage) and Mason (Ben Crompton) cheer themselves up after Mrs. Hale’s funeral by looking at Lennards’ body in episode 3 of North & South. Source: Richard ArmitageNet.com

5.

“Migraine” Thornton, to be placed at the entry to chemists’ shops (pharmacies):

ns4-130Mr. Thornton (Richard Armitage) wishes he had an aspirin, in episode 4 of North & South. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

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“Look Back at Me” Thornton, to be installed at optometrists’ offices:

ns4-213Mr. Thornton (Richard Armitage) squints back at Margaret’s departing carriage, thinking, “If I’d have gotten glasses, maybe I could see her looking back at me,” in episode 4 of North & South. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

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“Yellow Roses” Thornton, to be placed at the entrance to public parks and gardens:

ns4-272Stunned by the uniqueness of Helstone’s cloth flowers, Mr. Thornton (Richard Armitage) vows to take a specimen for cataloging back to the Royal Horticultural Society, in episode 4 of North & South. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

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“Train Station” Thornton, to be placed next to the ticket office at UK rail outlets:

ns4-285Mr. Thornton (Richard Armitage) in the “Buy a British Rail pass, get a sexy British actor” campaign in episode 4 of North & South. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

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What’s your choice?

~ by Servetus on July 8, 2013.

95 Responses to “Armitage art, or: What monument would you build to Mr. Industrial Darcy?”

  1. However, and a big however, don’t let the artist that thinks that statue of Colin Firth looks remotely like Colin Firth touch our Richard…

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  2. What? No “Thornton With Fruit Basket?”

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  3. I protest! Lol. It just isn’t fair…not everyone has SEEN Mr. Thornton. (Especially here in the States where it has yet to air on Masterpiece.) He washes away all the competition.
    Interesting that the moment captured in art has nothing to do with Austen’s story!!! Purists must be groaning.
    I voted for the Look Back moment. Classic and wholly probable in terms of relating to actual book events.

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  4. I would like to see Mr. Richard Armitage become James Bond. Or how about a new pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean. ( lot of half naked men are eye candy.)

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  5. Wonderful suggestions, Servetus. I wholeheartedly agree – a sculpture of Mr Thornton is definitely needed. Maybe a bust for every household? I have voted for Labour Relations Thornton, although the statue already exists. Just compare your very fitting screencap with this: http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/politics/files/2009/06/big-jim-larkin-by-frank-miller.jpg “The great are only great because we are on our knees. Let us rise!”

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  6. Before I vote, is that a picture of THE sexy British actor I get with my Rail Pass or just an example? Yes, it matters.

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  7. Had to go with train station Thornton, as this would be one statue for me, going by train so often ;o)
    But please, don’t limit him to the U.K. ticket offices !!!

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  8. I would love for the Train Station Thornton to be implemented, here in the US as well, and nuts to the people who’ve never heard of him.

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  9. Am I the ONLY one who voted for the morgue?

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  10. This statue freaks me out. Poor Collin Firth!

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    • I agree — although I think that qualifies as iconically British now. He’s part of the culture!

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  11. Where was the choice for Richard’s statue to reside in my bedroom??

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    • Is your bedroom in the UK? πŸ™‚

      Although there’s a cardboard Thorin, so one wonders why not a lifesize cardboard Mr. Thornton.

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      • No, but California is close enough right? lol

        I found out that WETA sells life size statues of Thorin and you should have seen me running for the credit card…….until *sniff, sniff* I saw the price and almost fainted. Even the 4″ Thorin is $250!! Are they made out of gold or what?

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        • I have the 9 in one. I didn’t know there was a lifesize one. How much?

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          • I went back to the site and could only find Gandalf. It was priced at $5000 which does not include the shipping fees which I’m thinking for a 70″ fiberglass statue coming from New Zealand would be quite expensive.

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            • I knew about the Gandalf statue but had never seen the Thorin one for sale. I wouldn’t have paid $5000 either πŸ™‚

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  12. I voted for “Captain of Industry” but I want for myself” Migraine Thornton”, he can come and follow me around the house. Aspirin don’t cut it and for me most stuff don’t, but I have been known to have the migraine feel not as intense while looking at Richards pictures.

    The past two weeks I could have been the poster child for chronic migraines, so far I have not had one today, knock on wood or something. I have had one everyday for two weeks, I suffer from chronic migraines and hopefully I can get pass the side affects this time and the meds work (could not stand the side affects last time). I tried something else that don’t work at all. The past two weeks weeks have been from hell and I hope I can work with the stress to reduce it. The reason’s for it will not go away, my dad is fading away.

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    • hope the headaches are passing!

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      • I am still getting them but had a couple days without. I was posting the recipe for the Barley Water had to find a word and when to get it, came back to the table, shoe stuck to the floor while the other foot keep going. I was on the floor in pain, no one home and it was the ankle I broke almost 2 years ago, I am sure it’s not broke but if it don’t get better will go to the doctor. On Saturday I have a date with a pair of 3 inch heels that I am wearing to Mr. 70’s (my husbands new name) nieces wedding. Yes I too am vain and sick of being short. I will deal with it.

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        • your general sense of aplomb always fills me with confidence in you.

          but you’re probably just the right height to go out with a dwarf πŸ™‚ at least in fantasy πŸ™‚

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          • Even in 3 inch heels I am only 5’4, so Thorin is still taller than I am on a normal day, but most people are. I don’t know about confidence, sometimes I think I really don’t have much, but other times I know I do.

            I am feeling it tonight, a sore and swollen ankle but I am not surprised I will see how it is tomorrow. Really I was not in the shoes that long as we where home in time for tea (5:00 pm) a church wedding no dance.

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  13. Any of these ones would do for me. I voted the Look back one because, for me, it’s the most emotional moment in the mini series. The migraine too it’s great (and since I suffer from it since 40 years… ) and of course the Labour relations for my personal pow. They are all good! But surely poor RA won’t be very comfortable with it, I suppose πŸ˜‰
    The Darcy statue is… well. Can’t find an appropriate word in my limited knowledge on English language, bur quiver could describe my feelings πŸ˜‰

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  14. Ha ha ha ! This is great,Servetus ! πŸ˜€ I want that “Labor Relations ” statue exactly at the entrance door to my house

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  15. Darcy in the pond is creepy!!!
    I voted for the yellow roses Thornton but I could live with all of them except Train Station Thornton because with it in front of any train station I never again would reach a train on time but stop and stare *lol*

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  16. What, no Kissing Thornton? That scene from the train station at the end of N&S — so iconic! (just teasing)

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    • I picked him getting out of the train because I thought it would be a deterrent for customers to see Mr. Thornton kissing someone else πŸ™‚

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  17. Haven’t you forgotten the ‘Lucas North Topless with Tattoos from Spooks’ sculpture?! It could be available for ladies bedrooms (or wherever else they might want to put it!)

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  18. I’m going to London in 2 weeks. We’re planning to go to Hyde Park to see the Darcy statue (it wasn’t here when I was in London end of June). πŸ™‚

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  19. IMO, Captain of Industry is the iconic Thornton image.

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  20. I’m in London at the moment and this picture was in the newspaper delivered to our hotel room this morning. A walk through Hyde Park is in our plans for tomorrow so I will definitely be looking out for this statue!

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    • Pictures! We’ll need pictures!!! LOL

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      • Walked all the way around the Serpentine today but we couldn’t see the Darcy statue. Judging by the photo it would have been hard to miss, so I’d say it’s been moved to another water feature. It’s 12 feet up out of the water, made out of fibre glass, and took three sculptors more than two months to design, construct and paint, and is to promote the new UKTV channel Drama. I’ve seen the promos on TV, North & South isn’t shown, but hopefully it will be Included. It certainly deserves to be. πŸ™‚

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