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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 ('The Prodigal's Return'), by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge - NPG D9682

Winston Churchill ('The Prodigal's Return')

by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
pen and ink on artists' board, 1924
NPG D9682

Winston Churchill, by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie - NPG D2664

Winston Churchill

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2664

Winter Sports for Politicians, by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge - NPG D9605

Winter Sports for Politicians

by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
ink and watercolour on artists' board, 1927
NPG D9605

Winston Churchill, by Tom Cottrell - NPG D2612

Winston Churchill

by Tom Cottrell
chromolithographic cigarette card, 1929
NPG D2612

Winston Churchill, by Unknown artist, issued by  Godfrey Phillips - NPG D2695

Winston Churchill

by Unknown artist, issued by Godfrey Phillips
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1932
NPG D2695

Winston Churchill, after Alfred Egerton Cooper - NPG D33258

Winston Churchill

after Alfred Egerton Cooper
collotype, (1942)
NPG D33258

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Winston Churchill

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x86705

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Winston Churchill

by Unknown photographer
half-plate glass negative, December 1899
NPG x32179

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Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass copy negative, 1899
NPG x32180

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Winston Churchill

by Unknown photographer, for Camera Press: London: UK
bromide press print, 1899
NPG x194366

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Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
copy negative, 1903
NPG x9446

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Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass copy negative, November 1948 (April 1941)
NPG x189649

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Winston Churchill

by Vandyk
12 x 10 inch glass plate transparency, 1923, copied on 23 February 1927
NPG x129684

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Winston Churchill

by Howard Coster
bromide print
NPG x1772

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Winston Churchill

by Howard Coster
bromide print
NPG x1774

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Winston Churchill

by Howard Coster
bromide print
NPG x2197

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Winston Churchill

by Howard Coster
bromide print
NPG x2198

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Winston Churchill

possibly by Lady Evelyn Hilda Stuart Moyne (née Erskine)
bromide print, circa 1934
NPG x183308

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Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
copy negative, April 1941
NPG x165590

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