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Winston Churchill by William M. McVey / American Art
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Winston Churchill

before 1966 William M. McVey Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1905 Died: Cleveland, Ohio 1995 bronze 23 7/8 x 10 1/8 x 8 in. (60.5 x 23.1 x 20.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of William M. McVey 1966.18 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46B



Luce Center Quote

“The shape of Churchill is interesting to a sculptor. You couldn’t design a more expressive physical structure---the rock of a body, delicate, sensitive, hands, small feet.” William McVey in Edward T. Folliard, The Washington Post, November 30, 1963

Luce Center Label

William McVey made this sculpture of Winston Churchill as a model for a larger bronze statue that was placed in front of the British Embassy in 1966. Churchill leans on a cane, his right hand signaling a V for victory, his left holding a cigar. The striding figure was intended to straddle the line between the British territory of the embassy and the American soil of Washington, symbolizing Churchill’s dual citizenship and the ties between Great Britain and the United States.

Keywords

Occupation - other - aristocrat

Occupation - political - statesman

Portrait male - Churchill, Winston

sculpture

metal - bronze

About William M. McVey

Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1905 Died: Cleveland, Ohio 1995