Winston Churchill And Big Ben – Iconic London Art
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On my last trip to London, I was wandering around outside the Palace of Westminster where Parliament meets. I was looking for a new angle on that iconic clock tower known to many as Big Ben (yes, I know that’s really the bell inside). As I crossed the street, I saw the statue of another iconic figure in the history of Britain, Winston Churchill. The one time British Bulldog will long be remembered for his words and actions during World War II.
“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
– Sir Winston Churchill
Those words are from one of Churchill’s best remembered war time speeches. It was that passage that inspired me as I was working on the artwork for this print which features his familiar silhouette in juxtaposition with Big Ben. There’s a strong sense of British identity and London, too, of course, in this print. These iconic London figures capture the enduring and indomitable British spirit of today as well as yesterday.
Have you stood on the streets of London and gazed up at these iconic figures as well? Or perhaps you’re simply a student of history or an Anglophile who dreams of seeing London some day? In whatever camp you place yourself, I think you’ll appreciate this print. Every since its initial offering, this landmark print been a popular piece among my London artwork.
Note: The Palace of Westminster and the adjacent Westminster Abbey are part of a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site as well as being an enduring part of English Heritage.