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Why not a new statue for Wollstonecraft in Camden?

19 November, 2020

Detail of artist Maggi Hambling’s statue for Wollstonecraft at Newington Green

• THE Wollstonecraft statue at Newington Green, where she taught, has caused great controversy, (A dressing down for Mary’s naked statue, November 13).

Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, lived and was buried in Camden and she is remembered with a plaque on Oakeshott Court close to her former home in the Polygon and, more recently, a street in King’s Cross was named after her.

Isn’t it time that we had a statue here in Camden to one of the most influential women this country has ever produced – preferably one that does not trivialise her achievements or objectify her womanhood by showing her naked?

CLLR RICHARD COTTON
Labour, Camden Town
with Primrose Hill ward

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