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Lot 594

•IVOR ROBERTS-JONES (1916-1966) Sir Winston Churchill

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000
Hammer price: £78,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.
•IVOR ROBERTS-JONES (1916-1966) Sir Winston Churchill a bronze maquette for the monument in Parliament Square, an unnumbered prototype with the foundry stamp, signed "Meridian Bronze, London", with an attractive mid-brown patina, 51cm high, on a square white stone base inscribed "Churchill" (62cm high overall)This iconic maquette is a reduction of the large scale sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill by Roberts-Jones which stands in Parliament Square having been commissioned in 1971. The sculptor's first important commission came from Lord Beaverbrook in 1961 for a bust of Somerset Maugham. Roberts-Jones success and the public acclaim that his statues engendered led to his election as an associate of The Royal Academy.Sir Edward du Cann was elected to Parliament on St. Valentine's Day 1956. He recalled a number of acquaintances with the great man and recalled sharing a public platform with him during the 1951 General Election. In that year he was the Tory candidate for West Walthamstow. The Sitting MP was Clement Atlee, Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party. Winston came to speak for John Harvey, the Tory candidate for Walthamstow East and former Chairman of WSC's Young Conservative's in his Epping constituency.

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