Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) Prime Minister

Oscar Nemon (1906 - 1985)

Bronze bust on marble base

plaster made 1956, cast 1990s

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Image of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) Prime Minister
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Croatia
    City: Zagreb
    Place: British Embassy

    Churchill first met Nemon in Morocco in 1951, the year in which he became Prime Minister for the second time. Two years later, Nemon was commissioned by Her Majesty the Queen to make a sculpture of Churchill for the Royal Collection, in honour of the statesman's impending eightieth year. Churchill sat to Nemon at Chartwell, Downing Street and Chequers; this bust was cast by Nemon's son in the late 1990s and was presented to the Government Art Collection in 2004. It captures Churchill's solemn determination, so iconic and familiar to a modern audience, yet also suggests his wisdom and humanity.

    Oscar Nemon was born in Osijek, in modern Croatia. He demonstrated an early talent for drawing and devoted himself to sculpture from his mid teens. After working for a year at his uncle's bronze foundry in Vienna in the early 1920s, he studied in Paris and at the Académie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels. He moved to England before the outbreak of the Second World War and settled in Oxford, developing a reputation as a leading sculptor and receiving commissions from notable figures.

  • About the artist
    Oscar Nemon was born in Osijek (today in Croatia), and began modelling in clay at the age of 14, after which he devoted himself to sculpture. In 1923 he lived in Vienna where he cast works at his uncle’s bronze foundry. He studied in Paris and at the Académie Royale des Beaux Arts, Brussels, and exhibited sculptures of notable figures in the 1930s. After moving to England, he settled in Oxford, and held his first exhibition in London in 1942. He became a British citizen, and received commissions for portraits of the Queen, Harold MacMillan, Sigmund Freud and other important 20th century figures. Nemon continued to work up to his death in 1985, and today many of his works can still be seen at his house and studio in Oxford.
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  • Details
    Title
    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) Prime Minister
    Date
    plaster made 1956, cast 1990s
    Medium
    Bronze bust on marble base
    Dimensions
    width: 40.50 cm, height: 44.00 cm, depth: 44.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Presented by Alice Nemon Stuart, March 2004
    Inscription
    verso br: NEMON JX [?] / ESTATE OF NEMON 4/6
    Provenance
    Alice Nemon Stuart (daughter-in-law of artist)
    GAC number
    17861