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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast figure
District
Lambeth
Town
Lambeth
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Bronislaw Kubica (Sculptor)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 26 February 1975
    Attended by: HRH DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER
  • Unveiled
    Date: 18 May 2011
    Attended by: HRH DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
62041
Current location

Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
Lambeth
Lambeth
Greater London
SE1 8XX
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 308 803
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Abstract bronze statue of Chopin set on an octagonal marble plinth. Inscription is on three sides of the plinth in black lettering.
Inscription
6 o'clock face: FRYDERYK CHOPIN/ 1810-1849/ ' SIMPLICITY IS THE HIGHEST GOAL/ ACHIEVABLE WHEN YOU HAVE/ OVERCOME ALL DIFFICULTIES.' 9 o'clock face: UNVEILED BY/ HRH THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER KG GCVO/ ON THE 18th MAY 2011 IN THE PRESENCE OF/ HER EXCELLENCY Ms BARBARA TUGE-ERECINSKA/ AMBASSADOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND IN/ THE UNITED KINGDOM, FOLLOWING RESTORATION/ WORK BY THE POLISH HERITAGE SOCIETY (UK) 3 o'clock face: THIS STATUE OF FRYDERYK CHOPIN/ BY BRONISLAW KUBICA WAS A GIFT FROM/ THE POLISH NATION IN 1975 TO THANK/ THE BRITISH PEOPLE FOR THEIR SACRIFICE/ IN THE DEFEAT OF NAZI GERMANY IN 1945/ 'FOR YOUR FREEDOM AND OURS'
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: height 2500mm
    Materials: Bronze, Marble
Listing information
Condition
History
1985-2010: In storage due to refurbishment of Royal Festival Hall.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • The Times 27th Feb. 1975. Pg 16. col.4 and c. Evening Standard 18 May 2011 Pg.24.

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