Mr Darcy, you must allow us to tell you how ardently we admire and love you.
Colin Firth's famous wet shirt portrayal of the Pride and Prejudice hero has been recreated in London's Serpentine lake.
This morning passersby got an eyeful of the sculpture, which measures 12 feet, equivalent to the height of a double decker bus.
The model was commissioned by UKTV’s new TV channel Drama, after finding the scene from the BBC's adaptation of Jane Austen's famous work topped a poll as the nation's most memorable British drama moment of all time.
Adrian Wills, General Manager of Drama says, “Jane Austen spent a lot of time walking in Hyde Park and along the banks of the Serpentine so we would like to think she would have approved of our new dashing Darcy.”
Darcy fans all over the country will get the chance to see the strapping sculpture as it embarks on a short regional tour, including a visit to Scarborough beach, before it makes its home at Lyme Park in Cheshire, where the famous scene from the was filmed.
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Words: Anna Pollitt. Images: Rex Features