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A Portrait Bust of Winston Churchill, 1967
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A Portrait Bust of Winston Churchill, 1967

Measurements: Height: 18cm (7ins)

£475

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Produced as a memorial bust in a limited edition by Copeland Spode in polished unglazed porcelain in 1967.

Oscar Nemon (1906-1985) operated a studio Vienna in the late 1920s producing portraits and medals for casting into bronze. He afterwards studied and exhibited in Brussels, where he designed where he shared a house with Magritte, and aside from commissioned portraits of sitters such as Sigmund Freud and King Albert I and Queen Astride of the Belgians, and he pursued his own interests in Cubist compositions. In 1938 he left for Britain where he was taught English by Max Beerbohm, whom he sculpted, and by whom he was sketched in 1939. Settling initially in Oxford, Nemon established a studio at Boars Hill in 1941, and spent the war years fire-watching in London, sculpting, exhibiting and beginning to consolidate a reputation in Britain. In the 1950’s Nemon concentrated his talents on portraiture, most notably focusing on Churchill and his circle.  Following a chance meeting with the former wartime leader at the La Mamounia hotel in Marakech in 1951, a deep friendship developed between the two men. Granted a studio by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II at St. James's Palace, Nemon's post-war career is best known for an array distinguished sitters including Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother, Eisenhower, Truman, Beaverbrook, Montgomery and Macmillan.

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