Winston Churchill

1 portrait

Winston Churchill, by Walter Richard Sickert, 1927 - NPG 4438 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Winston Churchill

by Walter Richard Sickert
oil on canvas, 1927
18 in. x 12 in. (457 mm x 305 mm)
Given by The Art Fund, 1965
Primary Collection
NPG 4438


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Winston Churchill's must be the most famous face of the twentieth century, wreathed in cigar smoke and with his look of formidably aggressive determination. Sickert caught his character well in this sketch undertaken when Churchill was Chancellor of the Exchequer. At the time, Sickert was giving Churchill painting lessons at the latter's house, Chartwell in Kent. Sickert worked chiefly from photographs in this period, allowing him to paint portraits without commissions or sittings, but Churchill may have sat for him on one of these occasions. Churchill himself disliked the portrait and gave it away soon after it had been presented to him.

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  • Cooper, John, Great Britons: The Great Debate, 2002, p. 129
  • Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 94
  • Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 109
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 189
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 189
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 124
  • Wilson, Jeremy, T.E. Lawrence: Lawrence of Arabia, 1988 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 December 1988 - 12 March 1989), p. 136

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