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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 Bassano Ltd - NPG x26687

Winston Churchill

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate nitrate negative, 18 January 1940
NPG x26687

Winston Churchill, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x199060

Winston Churchill

by Cecil Beaton
bromide postcard print, 1940
NPG x199060

'The Spirit of Britain' (Winston Churchill), published by Valentine & Sons Ltd. - NPG x198143

'The Spirit of Britain' (Winston Churchill)

published by Valentine & Sons Ltd.
halftone postcard print, 1940
NPG x198143

Winston Churchill, by Bertram Park - NPG x199908

Winston Churchill

by Bertram Park
gelatin silver print, early 1940s
NPG x199908

Winston Churchill, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x83585

Winston Churchill

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 18 January 1940
NPG x83585

William Averell Harriman; Mary (née Spencer-Churchill), Baroness Soames; Kathleen Hill (née Spratt); Winston Churchill, copied by Walter Stoneman, for  Unknown photographer - NPG x164156

William Averell Harriman; Mary (née Spencer-Churchill), Baroness Soames; Kathleen Hill (née Spratt); Winston Churchill

copied by Walter Stoneman, for Unknown photographer
half-plate glass copy negative, December 1941
NPG x164156

Winston Churchill, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x6140

Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
vintage print, 3pm 1 April 1941
NPG x6140

Winston Churchill, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x6138

Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1 April 1941
NPG x6138

Winston Churchill, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x6139

Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1 April 1941
NPG x6139

Winston Churchill, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x403

Winston Churchill

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, April 1941
NPG x403

Sir Samuel George Joseph, 1st Bt; Winston Churchill, copy by Bassano & Vandyk Studios - NPG x174561

Sir Samuel George Joseph, 1st Bt; Winston Churchill

copy by Bassano & Vandyk Studios
half-plate film negative, 6 May 1969 (1942-1943)
NPG x174561

John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley; Winston Churchill, copy by Bassano Ltd - NPG x27016

John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley; Winston Churchill

copy by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 29 June 1942
NPG x27016

Winston Churchill, by Augustus Charles Cooper - NPG x6123

Winston Churchill

by Augustus Charles Cooper
bromide print, 1942
NPG x6123

Winston Churchill, by Augustus Charles Cooper - NPG x6124

Winston Churchill

by Augustus Charles Cooper
bromide print, 1942
NPG x6124

Winston Churchill, by Augustus Charles Cooper - NPG x6125

Winston Churchill

by Augustus Charles Cooper
bromide print, 1942
NPG x6125

Winston Churchill, by Augustus Charles Cooper - NPG x6126

Winston Churchill

by Augustus Charles Cooper
bromide print, 1942
NPG x6126

Winston Churchill, by Augustus Charles Cooper - NPG x6127

Winston Churchill

by Augustus Charles Cooper
bromide print, 1942
NPG x6127

Winston Churchill, by Augustus Charles Cooper - NPG x6128

Winston Churchill

by Augustus Charles Cooper
bromide print, 1942
NPG x6128

Winston Churchill, by Augustus Charles Cooper - NPG x6129

Winston Churchill

by Augustus Charles Cooper
bromide print, 1942
NPG x6129

Winston Churchill, by Augustus Charles Cooper - NPG x6130

Winston Churchill

by Augustus Charles Cooper
bromide print, 1942
NPG x6130

Winston Churchill, by Augustus Charles Cooper - NPG x6131

Winston Churchill

by Augustus Charles Cooper
bromide print, 1942
NPG x6131

Winston Churchill, by Augustus Charles Cooper - NPG x6132

Winston Churchill

by Augustus Charles Cooper
bromide print, 1942
NPG x6132

Winston Churchill, by Robert Elliot - NPG x17071

Winston Churchill

by Robert Elliot
bromide print, 26 July 1943
NPG x17071

Winston Churchill, by Unknown photographer - NPG x199078

Winston Churchill

by Unknown photographer
halftone postcard print, 1943
NPG x199078

Winston Churchill; Wladyslaw Anders and an unknown sitter, by Unknown photographer - NPG x199248

Winston Churchill; Wladyslaw Anders and an unknown sitter

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, August 1944
NPG x199248

Winston Churchill with Chiefs of Staff, by Planet News - NPG x194065

Winston Churchill with Chiefs of Staff

by Planet News
bromide print, 7 May 1945
NPG x194065

Winston Churchill inspecting the Victory Parade, Berlin, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x194064

Winston Churchill inspecting the Victory Parade, Berlin

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide print, 21 July 1945
NPG x194064

Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference, by Richard L. Sarno, distributed by  United States Army Signal Corps - NPG x199337

Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference

by Richard L. Sarno, distributed by United States Army Signal Corps
ferrotype press print, February 1945
NPG x199337

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