Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald

Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald

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.

Fitzgerald caricatured by Harry Furniss c.1890

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.


  1. ^ "Review of The Life of Sterne by Percy Fitzgerald". The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art. 89: 531–532. 23 May 1896.
  2. ^ "Review of The Life of Garrick by Percy Fitzgerald". The Quarterly Journal. 125: 1–47. July 1868.
  3. ^ "Review of The Kembles by Percy Fitzgerald". The Quarterly Review. 132: 1–26. January 1871.
  4. ^ "Review of Recreations of a Literary Man". The Pall Mall Budget. 28. 12 May 1882. p. 15.
  5. ^ "Review of The Book Fancier by Percy Fitzgerald". The Literary World. 34: 537–538. 17 December 1886.
  6. ^ "Review of The Book-Fancier by Percy Fitzgerald". The Spectator (Literary Supplement). 60: 715–716. 21 May 1887.
  7. ^ "Review of Sir Henry Irving, A Biography by Percy Fitzgerald". Punch, or the London Charivari: 324. 2 May 1906.

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