In his novel Coming Up for Air, the narrator George Bowling, alluding to the endless tracts of semi-detached housing built in the 1930s, proposes a statue to 'the god of building societies'. And in Down and Out in
Paris and London,
Orwell writes about how his Russian friend, Boris, liked dining in a particular
cafe in Montparnasse 'simply because the
statue of Marshal Ney stands outside it' and he liked anything to do with
Victory Square in
1984, Winston Smith walks past 'the statue of a man on horseback which was
supposed to represent Oliver Cromwell'. And according
to Jeffrey Meyers's biography of Orwell, he was amused by the monument to the
hymn writer, Reginald Heber, bishop of .
He told a friend, 'if you are ever near Calcutta St Paul's
& feel in a gloomy mood, go in & have a look at the statue of the first
Protestant bishop of ,
which will give you a good laugh'. India
But I am sure that Orwell would have approved of the choice of sculptor to make his statue. Martin Jennings also did the statue of John Betjeman at St Pancras, which has the poet holding his hat as he gazes up in wonder at the huge span of William Barlow’s train shed, and it is lovely.