Statue of Jan Smuts, Parliament Square

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]

Statue of Jan Smuts
The statue in 2013
ArtistJacob Epstein
MediumBronze sculpture
SubjectJan Smuts
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°30′03″N 0°07′37″W

Description and history

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.
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