Portrait of Adam Rymwid Mickiewicz, 1942
The portrait is a bust of a healthy-looking man with short hair combed back. He is wearing a suit and shirt with a tie. On the shoulder of the bust there is a dedication: “To Adam Mickiewicz for Christmas, 1942 J. Szczepkowski”.
Adam Rymwid. Mickiewicz (1905-1986) is the son-in-law of Jan Szczepkowski, husband of his only daughter Hanna. During the Second World War, Adam Rymwid Mickiewicz was initially the deputy head of the Industrial Studies Office of the Second Headquarters of the Union of Armed Struggle - Home Army, and from October 1942 - he became the boss, while his wife Hanna (1915-2006) was a liaison for special tasks. In the years 1941-1944 reports from intelligence agents from all over Europe were sent there, which were then redirected to the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief in London. They mainly concerned the arms industry of the Third Reich. Among them, one of the greatest achievements of Polish intelligence occupies a prominent place - the development of the production of German V1 and V2 missiles, thanks to which the Allies were able to stop the Nazi plans to destroy England by bombing the Peenemuende Experimental Center in August 1943.
Secret groups and patriotic concerts were also held in his Waleria villa. After the Uprising, a field hospital was organized in the house.
The bust is a very thin plaster cast with oakum. It was covered with dark brown and cherry colored patina with a little gloss.