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Statue of Béla Bartók by Imre Varga, South Kensington, London

March 2, 2014

This statue of Béla Bartók is just a hundred yards or so away from the entrance to South Kensington Tube station.  The photos were taken on 1 March 2014.

The text of the plaque on the railings beside the statue reads-

Béla Bartók

1881-1945

Hungarian composer by the award-winning sculptor Imre Varga

Erected by the Peter Warlock society in conjunction with the Hungarian Cultural Centre in the year of “Magyar Magic-Hungarian focus 2004”

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It was the English composer Peter Warlock who was instrumental in bringing Bartók to London for the first time in 1932.  From then until 1937 Bartók always stayed in London with Sir Duncan and Lady Wilson at 7 Sydney Place, 230 yards in front of the statue, where an English Heritage Blue Plaque commemorates his visits.

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