The Rt Hon Winston Churchill

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM ART LD 5851
Department
Art and Popular Design
Display status
IWM London
Production date
1947
Place made
Great Britain
Subject period
Materials
  • medium: bronze
Dimensions
  • Support: Depth 245 mm, Height 310 mm, Width 190 mm
Alternative names
  • object category: sculpture
Creator
Category
art
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUMS

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Object description

image: A Bust of the Rt Hon Winston Churchill.

Label

Aware of Epstein's reputation as a modernist, Sir Kenneth Clark explained the committees choice to Churchill 'he is almost the only distinguished living master of the portrait, and we find that the busts he has done for us already show a much greater measure of truth than any other portraits we have commissioned.' The bust of Churchill was commissioned late August 1945, shortly after Churchill's election defeat in July but Churchill was not available for sitting until the winter of 1946-7. This is a powerful work. Churchill's ringed eyes display not only focus but also clarity of vision: the rough surface, his formidable grit and determination.

History note

War Artists Advisory Committee Commission. 1945

Inscription

Epstein

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