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Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

Sitter in 161 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 Unknown photographer
postcard print, circa 1939
NPG x6120

x40055

Winston Churchill

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1940
NPG x40055

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Winston Churchill

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate nitrate negative, 18 January 1940
NPG x26687

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Winston Churchill

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 18 January 1940
NPG x83585

x6140

Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
vintage print, 3pm 1 April 1941
NPG x6140

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Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, April 1941
NPG x403

x164156

Winston Churchill and three other people

by Walter Stoneman
negative, copied April 1942
NPG x164156

x27016

John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley; Winston Churchill

copy by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 29 June 1942
NPG x27016

x17071

Winston Churchill

by Robert Elliot
bromide print, 26 July 1943
NPG x17071

x40056

Charles Andre Marie Joseph de Gaulle; Winston Churchill

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 13 November 1944
NPG x40056

x189235

Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, December 1947
NPG x189235

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Sarah Churchill; Winston Churchill

by Planet News
vintage print, 21 May 1948
NPG x184313

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Winston Churchill at the Royal Society of Arts

by Howard Coster
vintage snapshot print, circa 1950
NPG Ax136854

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Winston Churchill at the Royal Society of Arts

by Howard Coster
vintage snapshot print, circa 1950
NPG Ax136856

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Winston Churchill at the Royal Society of Arts

by Howard Coster
vintage snapshot print, circa 1950
NPG Ax136862

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Winston Churchill at the Royal Society of Arts

by Howard Coster
vintage snapshot print, circa 1950
NPG Ax136863

x45168

Winston Churchill

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1951
NPG x45168

x45169

Winston Churchill

by Vivienne
vintage bromide print, 1951
NPG x45169

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