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Jan Smuts

Bovenplaats, Cape Colony 1870 - Doomkloof, Irene, Transvaal 1950
prominent South African and British Commonwealth statesman, military leader and philosopher; 2nd Prime Minister of South Africa
Jacob Epstein

London /  Jan Smuts   London /  Jan Smuts


Bronze statue of Jan Smuts in uniform with his hands clasped behind is back. He is leaning forward slightly with his left leg, slightly in front of the right, taking his weight.





Unveiled 7 November 1956. Winston Churchill, on his return to power in 1951, wished to erect a statue to Smuts; he was, however, unable to perform the unveiling due to illness. The pedestal is of granite from South Africa.

Parliament Square

On Parliament Square, Westminster, are 10 statues of British and some foreign politicians.
  1. Abraham Lincoln (1920)
  2. George Canning (1832, here 1949)
  3. Nelson Mandela (2007)
  4. Sir Robert Peel (1877)
  5. Benjamin Disraeli (1883)
  6. Edward Smith-Stanley (1874)
  7. Henry John Temple - Lord Palmerston (1876)
  8. Jan Smuts (1956)
  9. David Lloyd George (2007)
  10. Sir Winston Churchill (1973)
Click here for a interactive map with the locations of the sculptures.


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Locatie (N 51°30'2" - W 0°7'36") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: gblo046; Photograph: 3 August 2014
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