Esoteric London

No. 681: Charter Way, N3

Posted in Statues by esotericlondon on October 8, 2012

Charter Way, London, N3. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

From the information panel accompanying the sculpture in the photograph above:

La Délivrance

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 newspaper, who commissioned 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.