Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald

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Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald caricatured by Harry Furniss c.1890

Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald (1834 - 1925) was an Anglo-Irish author and critic, painter and sculptor. He was born in Ireland at Fane Valley, County Louth, educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, and at Trinity College, Dublin. He was called to the Irish bar and was for a time crown prosecutor on the northeastern circuit.

After moving to London, he became a contributor to Charles Dickens's magazine, Household Words, and later dramatic critic for the Observer and the Whitehall Review. Among his many writings are numerous biographies and works relating to the history of the theatre. He wrote:

In 1900 he completed a bust of his friend Charles Dickens, which can be seen in the Pump Room in Bath. In 1910 he created a statue of Samuel Johnson (Reference), which is standing behind St Clement Danes, Strand, London. (Photo)

He is buried at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

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