SJ8398 : Chopin in Manchester (front view)

taken 1 year ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Chopin in Manchester (front view)
Chopin in Manchester (front view)
This monument to Fryderyk Chopin stands outside Centurion House on Deansgate. It marks the occasion when the Polish genius performed in Manchester in August 1848 at the Gentleman's Concert Hall, despite his failing health. Chopin died not long afterwards aged 39.

The Polish Heritage Society LinkExternal link conceived the idea of a monument. Commissioned by The Chopin Memorial Monument Committee and The Polish Consulate, the sculptor is Robert Sobocinski LinkExternal link a Polish artist from Poznan.

The work depicts Chopin at the piano gazing across at his muse Baroness Aurore Lucile Dupon*. Carved into the work is an eagle in flight the symbol of Poland for over 1,000 years and a battle scene symbolising the Polish fight for freedom. The bronze monument measures 4 metres high and 2.5 metres wide and is set on a sandstone plinth. It is the largest statue of Chopin outside Poland and was unveiled in September 2011.

* Baroness Aurore Lucile Dupon (more commonly spelt "Dupin") is generally better known as George Sand LinkExternal link

For a critical appraisal of the statue see Manchester Confidential: LinkExternal link

SJ8398 : Chopin in Manchester (rear view).
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 12 September, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 30 January, 2018
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Person (from Tags)
Fryderyk Chopin  Robert Sobocinski  Aurore Lucile Dupon  George Sand 
Date (from Tags)
2011  1831  1848 
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Subject Location
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WGS84: 53:28.7889N 2:14.9059W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8360 9815
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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