Given that this was sent to me last December, this is a slightly overdue appearance from Mr LB this evening! Ahem. As I have said before, if you send me your statue imitation pics then they will get posted up on the site eventually…all good things come to those who wait and all that.
This doubles our Swiss collection as this statue is found in Geneva, and it features a Mr Charles Pictet de Rochemont. Charly was a diplomat responsible for the territory in and around Geneva becoming part of Switzerland. As part of the bargain, he was ultimately repsonsible in preparing the declaration of Switzerland’s permanent neutraliaty in 1815. So, the reason that the country has always been seen as neutral in times of conflict is largely down to the diplomatic skills of this man, and he did all this while tendering to his maize and sheep on his farm. Some fairly useful skills for a farmer there eh?!