Winston Churchill

1 portrait of Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill, by Graham Vivian Sutherland, 1954 - NPG 5330 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Winston Churchill

by Graham Vivian Sutherland
sketchbook, 14 pages, 1954
10 1/4 in. x 14 1/4 in. (260 mm x 362 mm)
Given by the artist's widow, Mrs Graham Sutherland, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5330


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Of the fourteen pages remaining in this sketch book, a number relate to Sutherland's observations of his sitter's right sleeve. It is likely that further studies of the sitter's hands (Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick), came from this sketch book. Here, two carefully observed arrangements of the sitter's right hand as it grasps the arm of the chair, are seen on one sheet. A more spontaneous rendition of the right sleeve and an indication of the position of the head, suggestive of a schematic idea for a composition, are juxtaposed with a series of gestural marks on the other. The turning of the sketchbook from horizontal to vertical and back conveys the artist's sense of urgency, as he captured detail in the short time of a sitting.