Statue of Jan Smuts, Parliament Square

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Statue of Jan Smuts
Jan Christian Smuts (9177337292).jpg
The statue in 2013
Artist Jacob Epstein
Medium Bronze sculpture
Subject Jan Smuts
Location London, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°30′03″N 0°07′37″W / 51.50087°N 0.12690°W / 51.50087; -0.12690Coordinates: 51°30′03″N 0°07′37″W / 51.50087°N 0.12690°W / 51.50087; -0.12690

A life-size bronze statue of Jan Smuts by the British artist Jacob Epstein stands on the north side of Parliament Square in London, United Kingdom, between a statue of Lord Palmerston and a statue of David Lloyd George.[1]


The statue depicts him in his military uniform as a field marshal, leaning forward with his left leg advanced, as if walking forward. The statue stands on a pedestal of granite from South Africa, which bears the inscription JAN/ CHRISTIAN/ SMUTS/ 1870–1950.


After Winston Churchill won the 1951 UK general election in October 1951, he proposed erecting a statue in Parliament Square as a memorial to Smuts, who had died in September 1950. Churchill retired as prime minister in 1955, and was too ill to perform the unveiling in November 1956; it was unveiled instead by the Speaker of the House of Commons, William Morrison. The statue became a Grade II listed building in 1970.


  1. ^ "Statues". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 5 August 2015.

External links

  • Jan Christian Smuts – Parliament Square, London, UK at Waymarking
  • Statue of Field Marshal Jan Smuts, National Heritage List for England Historic England
  • Smuts statue,
  • Parliament Square Garden,
  • The Statues of Parliament Square, Bowl Of Chalk – London Walking Tours, 12 November 2013
  • Parliament Square statues, Bob Speel
  • Smuts Statue Unveiled 1956, Pathé
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