World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

La Délivrance

Article Id: WHEBN0002715628
Reproduction Date:

Title: La Délivrance  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Finchley, List of British bingo nicknames, History of Church End, Barnet, Church End, Barnet, List of public art in Bexley
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

La Délivrance

La Délivrance in 2006

La Délivrance is a 16-foot statue in bronze of a naked woman holding a sword aloft, and is the work of French sculptor Émile Oscar Guillaume (1867–1942).[1] It is located at the southern edge of Finchley at Henly's Corner, at the bottom of Regents Park Road. The statue has a number of local names including "Dirty Gertie", "The Wicked Woman", and (most popular – to the exclusion of its real name) "The Naked Lady".[2]

The statue was created as a celebration of the First Battle of the Marne when the German army was stopped from capturing Paris in August 1914.


On Friday, 17 October 1919, the French newspaper Le Matin announced that 11 copies of the statue La délivrance would be offered to 11 great cities of France and Belgium, occupied or destroyed by the Germans: Amiens, Brussels, Colmar, Liège, Lille, Metz, Reims, Mézières, Saint-Quentin, Strasbourg, Verdun.[3] The first of these statues was offered to Lille, greatest of the cities occupied during World War I. It was unveiled there on 19 October 1919 in a central public park, the Jardin Vauban. The nudity of the statue was a cause of trouble and led to withdrawal of the statue in the following years. In 1929, this copy was given to the city of Nantes, where (after further vicissitudes) it stands today.[4][5]

In 1920 Guillaume exhibited the statue at the David Lloyd George (picture). An information panel was placed in front of the statue by the Finchley Society in September 2007.

Other copies

Another but smaller copy of the statue exists in the small French town of Chéroy, Yonne, and some others may be still existing in some of the French cities chosen in 1919.

See also


  1. ^ See article "Émile Oscar Guillaume" in French WorldHeritage.
  2. ^ Finchley local government website
  3. ^ , "La statue de la Délivrance"Le Matin
  4. ^ Gardens of Nantes (search under "Patrimony")
  5. ^ Nantes purchases "La Délivrance" at auction in 2008 (in French)

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.