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Sculptor Oscar Nemon travelled to the UK as a Jewish refugee from Nazi Europe during the 1930s, having sculpted Sigmund Freud from life in Vienna, and spent a number of years sculpting and exhibiting in Brussels. In England after the second world war, Nemon went on to sculpt Winston Churchill amongst other distinguished sitters. Nemon's Churchills are in the Members' Lobby of the House of Commons, and many other locations, including the Rose Garden at Blenheim. Nemon first came to Boars Hill in 1942, and lived here until his death in 1985. Visits take place on the last Saturday of every month, and include a guided tour of his Studio Museum, shown in the photo, and currently focusing on his work of the 1940s. There is also an explanation of how he made his sculptures, including tools, sketches, and maquettes. Visitors can then have tea and cake either in the wild garden surrounding the Studio Museum, or on comfortable sofas in the Archive, while they take in the artworks not currently within the exhibition at their own pace. There is parking on site, and children are warmly welcomed, as are well behaved dogs on leads. Perfect to combine with a walk on Boars Hill. Please visit our website www.oscarnemon.org.uk for more details and extra photos. Visitors stay on average an hour and a half to two hours.
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Address: Pleasant Land, The Ridgeway, Boars Hill, Oxford, OX1 5EY.
Directions for the last section : Turn off The Ridgeway down the lane with the sign Pleasant Land. First left off this lane, then park by the turning circle, including in front of the white garages. Walk down the left hand side of the large white building, which is let out as flats, to the Nemon Studio Museum which is the white oval building in the wild garden to the rear of the main house.