This unique study of Sir Winston Churchill was created directly from observation, commissioned by the City Hall of Rotterdam, which resulted in two bronze editions cast in 1954. The first still stands outside the City Hall and the second was sold at Christie’s, London, 20 June 1996 (£20,700). Correspondence exits between Churchill and Verbon (The Churchill Archive 24 June 1951- 10 Oct 1962), who became friends during the war in London, and apparently Churchill, an artist himself, actually helped Verbon execute this clay model.
Churchill is depicted in the robes of a Knight of the Most Ancient Order of Garter in 1953 at the Coronation of H.M. The Queen. The robe is worn over the uniform of the Admiral of the Cinque Ports. The chain around the sitter's neck is 'Great George' which was originally granted to the first Duke of Marlborough and lent to Churchill at the Coronation by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.