9) Jacob Epstein’s influence on Churchill Bust

It was after the War in 1946 that Churchill was able to do the first sittings for Epstein. By this time Epstein lived across the road from him at Hyde Park Gate in London. In his autobiography Epstein remarks that Churchill gave “three somewhat restless sittings” followed by three more at Chartwell. But Epstein was far from happy.

“Unfortunately it was winter and the light far from ideal and I felt that I had made no more than an interesting character study, but still hope to develop it should the opportunity arise.” Jacob Epstein

More proof perhaps that the Artist is represented in this particular Bust as much as the Subject.