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Winston Churchill

(1874-1965), Prime Minister

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

Sitter in 209 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 Walter Stoneman - NPG x6136

Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1953
NPG x6136

Winston Churchill, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x6137

Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1953
NPG x6137

Winston Churchill, by Elsbeth R. Juda - NPG x132437

Winston Churchill

by Elsbeth R. Juda
bromide contact sheet, 17 October 1954
NPG x132437

Winston Churchill, by Elsbeth R. Juda - NPG x87827

Winston Churchill

by Elsbeth R. Juda
contact sheet, October 1954
NPG x87827

Winston Churchill, by Elsbeth R. Juda - NPG x87828

Winston Churchill

by Elsbeth R. Juda
bromide print, October 1954
NPG x87828

Winston Churchill, by Elsbeth R. Juda - NPG x87830

Winston Churchill

by Elsbeth R. Juda
bromide print, October 1954
NPG x87830

Kathleen Frances ('Katharine') Sutherland (née Barry); Graham Sutherland; Winston Churchill, by Elsbeth R. Juda - NPG x88059

Kathleen Frances ('Katharine') Sutherland (née Barry); Graham Sutherland; Winston Churchill

by Elsbeth R. Juda
bromide print, October 1954
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x88059

Winston Churchill, by Elsbeth R. Juda - NPG x136054

Winston Churchill

by Elsbeth R. Juda
bromide contact sheet, 17 October 1954
NPG x136054

Winston Churchill, by Elsbeth R. Juda - NPG x87826

Winston Churchill

by Elsbeth R. Juda
bromide contact sheet, 17 October 1954
NPG x87826

Winston Churchill, by Elsbeth R. Juda - NPG x125435

Winston Churchill

by Elsbeth R. Juda
bromide contact sheet, 17 October 1954
NPG x125435

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill and his cabinet of 1955, by International News Photos - NPG x182304

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill and his cabinet of 1955

by International News Photos
vintage print, 1955
NPG x182304

Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler; Winston Churchill, by Neil Libbert - NPG x136287

Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler; Winston Churchill

by Neil Libbert
bromide print, 2 May 1963
NPG x136287

Sir Samuel George Joseph, 1st Bt; Winston Churchill, copy by Bassano & Vandyk Studios - NPG x174561

Sir Samuel George Joseph, 1st Bt; Winston Churchill

copy by Bassano & Vandyk Studios
half-plate film negative, 6 May 1969
NPG x174561

The Cabinet Cherubs, by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge - NPG D11150

The Cabinet Cherubs

by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
pen and ink, wash and black chalk, 1908
NPG D11150

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