Edwina Sandys at Chartwell
Edwina Sandys (29 December 1938) is an artist and sculptor and the granddaughter of Winston and Clementine Churchill who currently lives and works in New York.
Edwina Sandys is the second child of Winston and Clementine Churchill’s daughter, Diana.
After coming out as a debutante she spent time in Paris where she worked as a receptionist for a dress designer, and as a secretary.
After her first marriage to Piers Dixon, she briefly entered politics becoming a London borough councillor, before deciding to give up her own political career to support that of her husband, the Conservative MP for Truro in Cornwall.
After her divorce in 1970 she became an artist. Her early works include three monumental sculptures commissioned by the United Nations for the 1979 United Nations Year of the Child and which are installed at United Nations centres in New York, Geneva and Vienna.
A decade later she used dismantled sections of the Berlin Wall to create a sculpture, Breakthrough, now permanently situated at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where Churchill made his historic ‘Iron Curtain’ speech.
Another of her sculptures, Christa, a bronze female Christ figure on the cross, caused outrage when it was installed at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York in 1984. It was removed but returned for an exhibition in 2016.