Statues - Hither & Thither
Regent's Park Road / Charter Way (N3, Barnet)
Statue of a naked woman with a sword in her upright right arm. She stands on a sphere.
this statue by emile guillaume symbolises
the emotion inspired among the allied nations
when the armies of britain and france
defeated the invading german armies
at the battle of the marne september 1914
presented by viscount rothermere
to the finchley urban council
20 october 1927
by Emile Guillaume (1867-1942)
This statue, La Délivrance, known locally
as 'The Naked lady', is an allegorical
commemoration of the victory of France and
her Allies over Germany in the First World War
(1914-1918) - in particular, the first Battle of
the Marne (September 1914), that halted the
initial German thrust through France and thus
prevented Paris falling into German hands.
The original of the statue was exhibited at
the Paris Salon in 1920. It was seen and
admired by Viscount Rothermere (1868-1940),
proprietor of the Daily Mail newspaer, who
commiddioned this copy. He chose the location,
which he knew well, from passing it when he
visited his mother. In her memory, he presented
the statue to the Finchley Urban District
Council. It was unveiled by the Rt Hon. David
Lloyd George (Prime Minister from 1916 to
1922) on 20 October 1927, before an assembly
of local dignitaries and a crowd of over 8,000.
Although La Délivrance is not an official
Finchley war memorial, it is listed as No. 3129
on the Imperial War Museum's National
Inventory of War Memorials.
Information panel erected by The Finchley Society, 2007, funded by
the Peggy Wells bequest.
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