Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
after Oscar Nemon
bronze bust, 1995, based on a work of circa 1955
22 in. (559 mm) high
Sitterback to top
- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister. Sitter in 214 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Oscar Nemon (1906-1985), Sculptor. Artist associated with 2 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The bust was one of a series resulting from sittings between 1951 and 1953.
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Events of 1955back to top
Current affairsRobert Anthony Eden becomes prime minister. In May 1955 Winston Churchill resigned due to ill health. His successor proved to be a similarly popular leader, winning an increased majority at the general election that year. Eden's popularity was due to a combination of his long wartime service, good looks and charm.
Art and scienceMary Quant introduces the 'Chelsea Look' with her Bazaar boutique. In the 1960s Quant was a major contributor to 'swinging London' introducing some of the seminal items of 1960s fashion: the miniskirt, hot pants, paint-box make-up and plastic raincoats.
InternationalWest Germany joins NATO, prompting the East European Communist counties to respond by forming the Warsaw Pact. The signatories of the Warsaw Pact pledged to defend each other if any member was attacked. This development was a major event in the Cold War as it firmly established the East and West as opposing military powers.
- Portrait of the Day: Sir Winston Churchill
24 February, 12:30