Memory & Oblivion pp 1051-1057 | Cite as

Memories of a Monument: The Competition for a Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner, London 1953 — a Discussion of the Powers of Sculpture that Never Existed

  • Axel Lapp


This paper tries to shed a new light on the largest and most important single sculptural event in this century. Hitherto unpublished material makes it possible to draw a picture of this history without relying solely on rumours and conjectures, thus making it possible to concentrate on the question of artistic value.


Central Committee British Council Political Prisoner Anonymous Donor Barr Archive 
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    Herbert Read, “Foreword”, in: International Sculpture Competition — The Unknown Political Prisoner, Tate Gallery, London 1953.Google Scholar
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    George Dondero in a speech before the American Congress on 16 August 1949, published in The Congressional Record, 1949, pp.11584–11587, and quoted from Charles Harrison & Paul Wood, eds., Art in Theory, Oxford 1992, p.657.Google Scholar
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    John J. McCloy at the Ambassador’s conference, Frankfurt, 5–8 February 1951 (item 7, Coordination of Psychological Warfare Programs), quoted from Kai Bird, The Chairman: John J. McCloy—The Making of the American Establishment, New York 1992, p.357.Google Scholar
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    Reg Butler, “Script of recording made on November 25th, 1953”, British Council Archive, London. This is the manuscript for a film on Reg Butler and the Political Prisoner by the British Council (BC 206-11).Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Axel Lapp
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

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