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John F. Kennedy in Marylebone Road J. F. Kennedy

Bust: John F. Kennedy in Marylebone Road

Erection date: 15/5/1965


{On the plinth:}
John F. Kennedy, 1917 - 1963.

{On a plaque attached to the wall behind the bust:}
This bust of President Kennedy by the American sculptor Jacques Lipchitz was unveiled on the 15th May 1965 by his brother Senator Robert Kennedy. This memorial was subscribed for by over 50,000 readers of the Sunday Telegraph in amounts limited to £1.

This bust was first installed in 1965 in Military Park, Newark, New Jersey. Additional bronzes were cast for this site and for the Kennedy Memorial Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Unveiled in London by Robert Kennedy assisted by his brother, Edward.

Site: J. F. Kennedy (1 memorial)

W1, Marylebone Road, 1, International Students' Hostel

The hostel was built in 1965 and the bust installed here, in what was at that time the hostel's front forecourt. It was unveiled the day after the unveiling of the Kennedy memorial at Runnymede.

21 August 2017: The Telegraph reported that the bust had been vandalised and thus had been removed for conservation work. We thank Eddie Sullivan for first spotting that the bust had gone and then for finding this explanation. We look forward to hearing about its return.

2019: Hyde Park Now reports that "in view of the vandalism it was decided to bring the memorial inside the ISH itself. A new plinth was made and the bust of JFK placed on the top. Its just inside the main doors so people can see it without needing to enter the building proper." Entrance is from Great Portland Street. That website is the source for our information concerning the bust's original location, and they have a photo of it there. In the background of that photo you can see the building on the corner of Albany Street and the north side of Marylebone Road. This confirms that the bust originally faced away from Marylebone Road with no classically-styled screen wall.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
John F. Kennedy in Marylebone Road

Information Subjects commemorated


John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Of Irish descent, born in Brookline, Massachusetts. 35th President of the Uni...

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John F. Kennedy in Marylebone Road

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Senator Robert Kennedy

Born at Boston, Massachusetts. Assassinated at Los Angeles, California while...

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Jacques Lipchitz

Born as Chaim Jacob Lipchitz Druskieniki, Lithuania. Died on the island of C...

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