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Winston Churchill

(1874-1965), Prime Minister

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

Sitter in 212 portraits
Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace, his family's estate. In 1900, he entered parliament and by 1911 he had become First Lord of the Admiralty. He resigned in 1915, having been held responsible for the failure of the Dardanelles expedition. He saw active service in World War I, before returning to ministerial office in 1917. As Chancellor of the Exchequer, he returned Britain to the gold standard, which led to the General Strike of 1926. He resigned in 1931, opposing his party's policy of self-government for India. He consistently opposed appeasement with Hitler, and challenged Chamberlain's leadership in 1940, succeeding him as Prime Minister to become Britain's greatest war-time leader.

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Winston Churchill, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P244

Winston Churchill

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1956
NPG P244

Winston Churchill, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(18)

Winston Churchill

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1956
NPG P490(18)

Winston Churchill, by Juliet Pannett - NPG 4474

Winston Churchill

by Juliet Pannett
pencil, 1964
NPG 4474

Winston Churchill, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82073

Winston Churchill

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative
NPG x82073

Winston Churchill, by Unknown photographer - NPG x194365

Winston Churchill

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1896
NPG x194365

Winston Churchill, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x86706

Winston Churchill

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 30 May 1899
NPG x86706

Winston Churchill, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x100959

Winston Churchill

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 30 May 1899
NPG x100959

Winston Churchill, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x100960

Winston Churchill

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 30 May 1899
NPG x100960

Winston Churchill, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82074

Winston Churchill

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 30 May 1899
NPG x82074

'Home from the War', published by Ogden's - NPG x44648

'Home from the War'

published by Ogden's
cigarette card, July 1900, published 1900-1907
NPG x44648

Winston Churchill, by Unknown photographer - NPG x32178

Winston Churchill

by Unknown photographer
half-plate glass negative, circa 1900
NPG x32178

Winston Churchill, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x197756

Winston Churchill

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x197756

Winston Churchill, by Elliott & Fry, published by  Ogden's - NPG x193152

Winston Churchill

by Elliott & Fry, published by Ogden's
bromide cigarette card, published circa 1900
NPG x193152

Winston Churchill, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x6471

Winston Churchill

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1903
NPG x6471

Winston Churchill, by Unknown photographer - NPG x32182

Winston Churchill

by Unknown photographer
half-plate glass negative, circa 1907
NPG x32182

'King Edward & His Empire Builders', published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x197883

'King Edward & His Empire Builders'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, circa 1907
NPG x197883

Winston Churchill, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x81064

Winston Churchill

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 20 April 1911
NPG x81064

Winston Churchill, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x81065

Winston Churchill

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 20 April 1911
NPG x81065

Winston Churchill, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x81066

Winston Churchill

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 20 April 1911
NPG x81066

Winston Churchill, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x81067

Winston Churchill

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 20 April 1911
NPG x81067

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