Aloysius (Waugh)

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A replica of the Bear in the Teddy bear museum in N Seoul Tower, South Korea

Aloysius is Lord Sebastian Flyte's teddy bear in Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited (1945).

The model for Aloysius was Archibald Ormsby-Gore, the beloved teddy bear of John Betjeman, Waugh's friend at Oxford. The bear is likely named after the catholic saint Aloysius Gonzaga.[1]

Aloysius, and in particular his representation in the 1981 television adaptation of the novel, is credited with having triggered the late-20th century teddy bear renaissance.[2] He was depicted by a teddy bear named Delicatessen, owned by the actor Peter Bull.[3]


  1. ^ " » The saint who must have inspired the Brideshead teddy bear". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  2. ^ "The Teddy Bear Museum, Stratford-upon-Avon: Famous Bears". May 2004. Archived from the original on 10 May 2006. Retrieved 2006-06-23. 
  3. ^ Fletcher, Ewan (2 June 2007). "Found: Aloysius the Brideshead bear". The Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 

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