Albert Einstein came to England in 1933 and stayed at a secluded army camp near Cromer on the Norfolk coast. Epstein modelled this bust in one week - Einstein posing for two hours each morning in a cramped hut. The sculptor recalled that "Einstein appeared dressed very comfortably in a pullover with his wild hair floating in the wind. His glance contained a mixture of the humane, the humorous, and the profound. This was a combination that delighted me. He resembled the ageing Rembrandt”.