12 of 174 portraits of Winston Churchill
by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1941
23 3/4 in. x 19 3/4 in. (604 mm x 503 mm)
Given by the estate of Yousuf Karsh, 2010
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- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister. Sitter in 174 portraits.
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- Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Photographer. Artist associated with 155 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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Karsh photographed Churchill on a visit to the Canadian House of Commons in 1941, when Britain was fighting for survival. Karsh boldly snatched away Churchill's cigar. 'By the time I got back to my camera,' he later recalled, 'he looked so belligerent he could have devoured me.' Known as the 'roaring lion', this image became a symbol of British defiance and is one of the best-known photographs of Churchill.
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