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Replica of 'The Triumph of Humanity', 1918 (c)

Bronze sculpture by Michel de Tarnowsky (1870-1946), dated below the tank, '1920'.

The sculpture shows the winged figure of Peace emerging from the chaos of war to point out the 'Fair Land of Goodwill' ahead to the female figure of Humanity. Below them in the battlefield, a British Mark I tank can be identified, with British 'tommies', three French soldiers manning a machine gun, and a highland soldier playing the bagpipes.

After World War One (1914-1918) it was intended that a 50 foot-high bronze memorial should be erected in London to commemorate Franco-British co-operation during the war. The French sculptor Michel de Tarnowsky produced a design in maquette for Triomphe de l'Humanité (at the Maison natale du Maréchal Foch, Tartes, France), which was exhibited in Paris in November 1919 and at Mansion House, London in June 1920. Twenty bronze copies were cast from this to be sold in aid of the British League of Help Fund, but the large memorial was never made.

The son of a Russian count and an American woman, de Tarnowsky studied in Nice and then at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. He exhibited regularly between 1894 and 1935, receiving several awards for his work. On the outbreak of war in 1914 he was assigned to act as a link agent and interpreter to the British Army. He was promoted lieutenant, received the Military Cross and was decorated as a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur. He was later Professor of Sculpture at New York Art School.

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NAM. 1991-10-55-1


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Conflict in Europe gallery

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