Charlie Chaplin was an English film actor, director and screenwriter. Take a look at the statue of Charlie Chaplin. He was leaning on a cane and straightening his tie. It portrays the actor, comedian and filmmaker as his most famous character, the tramp. On 25 December 1977, shortly after Chaplin’s death, Iltide Harington, leader of the Opposition on the Greater London Council, proposed that a monument to Chaplin be erected in the city of his birth. Initial plans for a memorial at the Elephant and Castle in south London, where Chaplin spent his early years, were abandoned and Leicester Square, in the heart of London’s entertainment district, became the preferred location for the work.
The bronze statue was first unveiled by actor Sir Ralph Richardson on 16 April 1981 (the 92nd anniversary of Chaplin’s birth) at his original location in the southwest corner of the square. The inscription on the base reads comic book genius/who gave so many happiness/gave so many. A slightly modified version was erected the following year in the Swiss town of Vevey, which was Chaplin’s home from 1952 until his death. Following the refurbishment of Leicester Square between 1989 and 1992, the statue was moved to a site north of the Statue of William Shakespeare in the centre of the square. During a late renovation in 2010-2012, Chaplin’s statue was completely removed, along with busts of William Hogarth, John Hunt, Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Joshua Reynolds. The statue of Charlie Chaplin was installed in Leicester Square, a nearby street, in 2013. This is to prevent damage to the sculpture during renovation work. It returned to Leicester Square in 2016 and was re-unveiled on Chaplin’s birthday. If you like it, welcome to contact Aongking. Aongking also has more figure sculptures for you to choose from.