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Credit for this entry to:
Trevor Blake

Statue: 50 years of peace

Erection date: /5/1995


'Allies' by Lawrence Holofcener, unveiled on 2 May 1995 by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.
A gift from the members of The Bond Street Association to the City of Westminster and the people of London to commemorate 50 years of peace.
{At centre top there is the circular symbol for the Bond Street Association. The body of the plaque contains 94 names of companies/people, who were, presumably, the members of The Bond Street Association at the time.}

The two seated allies are unidentified at the site but with the assistance of our US consultant, Trevor Blake, we can confidently identify them as, left to right: Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.  The plaque is in the pavement to the right of the bronze statue.   This "seated double" belongs to the select group of seated London statues - see Peabody.

Site: 50 years of peace (1 memorial)

W1, New Bond Street

From Time Out, November 2008:
Lawrence Holofcener:"....When millions marched against the Iraq War, I placed a black sheet over the statue and sat beside it. I told passers-by: 'This is a protest against the 'special relationship' that Bush and Blair have trashed....."

2016 our colleague, Alan Patient, spotted a near-copy of this statue on Heath Street Hampstead outside the Cato Gallery. The gallery have a platform outside on which they exhibit a sculpture which (Google Street View History suggests) is changed about once a year. The differences are all minor but the Heath Street version is inferior and gives Churchill more the look of a puppy that a bull-dog.

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50 years of peace

50 years after the end of WW2

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Winston Churchill

Prime Minister 1940 - 45 and 1951 - 55. Born Blenheim Palace, near Woodstock,...

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

32nd President of USA. Married a distant cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt. Led the S...

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Westminster City Council

The ancient parish of St Margaret's was divided into St Margaret's and St Joh...

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Lawrence Holofcener

An American who was born on 23 February 1926 in Baltimore City, Maryland, USA...

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Princess Margaret

Born Margaret Rose at Glamis Castle in Scotland. Sister of Queen Elizabeth II...

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