sir winston churchill england c 1950

Sir Winston Churchill (England c. 1950)


Price

£1,250
| $1,664 USD | €1,416 EUR


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Description

Description
A rare original photograph of Sir Winston S Churchill, mounted and framed within a silver photo frame, with navy blue leather backing, and engraved at the base WSC.
Photographer Florence Vivienne Mellish, known simply as Vivienne, was one of the leading society photographers of the mid 20th century. Her son also found success with society and show-business portraits, moving to Hollywood, and in 1949 marrying Churchill’s actress daughter Sarah; “unfortunately Churchill and his wife learned of the marriage, which took place in the United States, from the newspapers, journalists having been speedier with the news than Sarah’s own telegram” . At first both parents, but particularly Clementine “took it very hard indeed”, but later “all was resolved. ‘We have made friends with Antony’s father and mother,’ Clementine wrote to Sarah on December 20 [1949], ‘and we had an agreeable luncheon together'”.
Subsequently Vivienne took Churchill’s portrait many times, at her studio, and at Chartwell. Over 200 of her photographs are held in the National Portrait Gallery. With the photographer’s stamp, “Vivienne, Kensington High St studio, London W8” stamped to the reverse of the image.
This image was taken a year after Sarah's marriage to Vivienne's son Anthony, when Churchill was 75 years old.
Provenance
Alderman Donald Forbes CBE, Mayor of Wanstead and Woodford Green. Sir Winston's parliamentary seat.
Condition
Good


Dimensions

Height = 20 cm (8")
Width = 20 cm (8")
Depth = 5 cm (2")



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