A bit of London has come to Washington. The National Churchill Library and Center is now the temporary home of a massive bust of Winston Churchill, cast directly from the full-size statue by Ivor Roberts-Jones in Parliament Square. The commanding work has been loaned to the NCLC by International Churchill Society Chairman Laurence S. Geller CBE and has already formed a striking backdrop for a number of “Churchill Conversations.”
The original statue was unveiled by Clementine Churchill in 1973 during a ceremony attended by five British prime ministers and featuring a speech by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The statue is twelve feet hight and mounted on a plinth that stands in the corner facing the clock tower of Parliament where Churchill himself said in the 1950s would be “the place my statue will go.”
NCLC Executive Director Michael F. Bishop said, “We are grateful for Chairman Geller’s generosity and pleased to have such an iconic image of Churchill on display in the Library.”
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