Close to the Alice in Wonderland statue – just slightly to the west of the Conservatory Water – is this tribute to the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen (1805–75), perhaps inevitably with his most famous creation, the duckling, at the side of him. The sculpture was constructed just after the 150th year of his birth.
In his hand he holds a copy of The Ugly Duckling with the opening lines – translating, of course, the original Den grimme ælling.
On the brim of his hat is the inscription:
'OTTO F. LANGMANN
–– ARCHITECT ––
GEORG J. JOBER
–– SCULPTOR ––