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Churchill History Lecture Series: Churchill's sculptor – Aurelia Young

01 Nov 2018
Location: Sixties Room, Churchill College
Start time: 17:30
End time: 19:00

An illustrated talk about the sculptor Oscar Nemon by his daughter Aurelia Young.

Aurelia Young

Aurelia Young at Churchill's studio, Chartwell with his bust of Oscar Nemon. Photo © Rachel Luckhurst

Aurelia Young is Nemon’s elder daughter. As a child, she lived with her parents, her brother and sister at the family home near Oxford and then spent considerable time at her father’s studios in London. Since his death she has undertaken significant research into all aspects of Nemon’s personal and artistic life, drawing on information about him held in the Churchill College Archives. Churchill and Nemon spent many hours together during which Churchill made a bust of Nemon, his only work of sculpture. In her illustrated talk Aurelia will describe how Nemon travelled across Europe from his home in Croatia to seek refuge in this country before WWII.

Aurelia has recently written a book about her father – Finding Nemon. She married George Young in 1964, an MP for forty-one years, who is now Lord Young of Cookham. More information on Nemon and Aurelia's upcoming talks is available on the Oscar Nemon website.

'I attended a marvellous lecture by Aurelia Young on her late father, the sculptor Oscar Nemon, a genius who sculpted the crowned heads of Europe, Sigmund Freud and Winston Churchill.'

Matthew Parris, The Times, March 8 2012:

'Oscar Nemon's rare gift of bringing life to those who sat for him (and they included some of the most important figures in Europe) was itself brought to life in her skilful presentation. For those who, like me, are fascinated by politics, Nemon's sculptures of Winston Churchill, a key theme in Lady Young's talk, are the jewels in the crown. No one could tell Nemon's story better, and it is a compelling story which deserves to be told.' 

Professor Anthony Glees:

'I hope, when you write a book about Nemon you will not forget the magical, hypnotic, exotic quality your father had. A powerful passion not obvious under normal acquaintance. But perhaps the secret of his exceptional talent.' 

Elizabeth Milburn – a friend of Patricia, Oscar Nemon's wife.

Finding Nemon

A biography of sculptor Oscar Nemon, the outsider who sculpted the famous. September 2018, pre-orders from

Finding Nemon

Oscar Nemon, his bust of Churchill & Churchill's bust of Nemon.  Photo Falcon Stuart


Bookings are not necessary — all welcome.


For all enquiries please contact Amanda Jones, Archives Administrator. T: 01223 336166.

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