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Winston Churchill

(1874-1965), Prime Minister

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

20th Century Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 222 portraits
Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace, his family's estate. After serving in the army, he entered parliament in 1900 and was appointed First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911. Held responsible for the failure of the Dardanelles expedition, he resigned in 1915. 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 Reginald Haines - NPG P1700(86d)

Winston Churchill

by Reginald Haines
albumen print, circa 1907
NPG P1700(86d)

Winston Churchill, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(84)

Winston Churchill

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1926
NPG 4529(84)

Winston Churchill, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(84a)

Winston Churchill

by Sir David Low
pencil, circa 1926
NPG 4529(84a)

Winston Churchill, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P243

Winston Churchill

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1941
NPG P243

Winston Churchill, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(16)

Winston Churchill

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1941
NPG P490(16)

Winston Churchill, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(17)

Winston Churchill

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1941
NPG P490(17)

Winston Churchill, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P1368

Winston Churchill

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1941
NPG P1368

Winston Churchill, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5334

Winston Churchill

by Graham Sutherland
pen and ink and pencil, 1954
NPG 5334

Winston Churchill, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5330

Winston Churchill

by Graham Sutherland
sketchbook, 14 pages, 1954
NPG 5330

Winston Churchill, after Oscar Nemon - NPG 6347

Winston Churchill

after Oscar Nemon
bronze bust, 1995, based on a work of circa 1955
NPG 6347

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