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Statue of Winston Churchill
Statue on concrete surrounded by small lawn, flowers and screen of trees and shrubs
Artist William M. McVey
Year 1966
Type Bronze
Dimensions 210 cm × 110 cm × 180 cm (84 in × 42 in × 72 in)
Location Washington, D.C., United States
Coordinates 38°55.189′N 77°03.690′W / 38.919817°N 77.061500°W / 38.919817; -77.061500Coordinates: 38°55.189′N 77°03.690′W / 38.919817°N 77.061500°W / 38.919817; -77.061500
Owner English Speaking Union


A portrait sculpture of Winston Churchill by William M. McVey is installed outside the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., United States. It is constructed of cast bronze, in small percentage larger-than-life.

History

It was unveiled by United States Secretary of State Dean Rusk, on 9 April 1966.

A model is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Symbolism

Leaning lightly on a walking stick, Churchill holds up his hallmark gesture of the "victory" sign, first widely seen on Victory in Europe Day, 1945.

The statue's plaque notes that one of Churchill's feet is on American soil and one on British Embassy grounds, symbolizing his dual British-American ancestry and his work towards the maintenance of the Anglo-American alliance.

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