Sir Winston Churchill - 2017
This Churchill bronze bust was created by Hamish in 2017 and instantly captures Sir Winston's recognisable features and indomitable spirit.
“I wanted to convey more than just his likeness. This great man had to make some pretty weighty decisions and had so much on his mind. I approached it in the same way as I approach animals subjects, trying to convey his thoughts through his expression. He is bearing the heavy responsibility for leading his country during the darkest hour, but I hope in his face I have also shown the kindness of the man beneath.” (HM)
Hamish’s handling of his material with its rough texture, provokes thought. The sculpture puts Churchill in reflective mood. Here is the man bearing the responsibility for leading his country during the darkest hour, while revealing a kindness beneath.
Arguably Britain’s most famous Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill has long been immortalised in sculpture. Notably, Jacob Epstein’s 1947 Winston Churchill bust in the Oval Office of the White House, and Ivor Roberts-Jones’ 1973 Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square.
This Winston Churchill bronze bust is available in a limited edition of 12, one of which is in the permanent Winston Churchill collection at Blenheim Palace, and another was given to the President of the United States by the Duke of Marlborough. An exact scale smaller sculpture 1:3 is also available in a limited edition of 50.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
Sculpting Churchill was a challenge I relished - I haven’t done a portrait for twenty years. I studied hundreds of photographs of Churchill, watched hours of footage of him speaking, and researched extensively at Blenheim Palace. One of the most inspirational images is the one that appears on the new £5 note, from a 1941 photograph by Yousuf Karsh. I just kept thinking about all the monumental decisions Churchill had made during the war and I knew I had to communicate that.