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Winston Churchill

(1874-1965), Prime Minister

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

20th Century Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 217 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 Paul Laib
whole-plate negative, 1957
NPG x38189

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Winston Churchill

by Paul Laib
whole-plate cellulose film negative, 1957
NPG x38190

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Winston Churchill

by Paul Laib
whole-plate cellulose film negative, 1957
NPG x38191

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Winston Churchill

by Paul Laib
whole-plate cellulose film negative, 1957
NPG x38192

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Winston Churchill

by Paul Laib
whole-plate cellulose film negative, 1957
NPG x38193

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Winston Churchill

by Paul Laib
whole-plate cellulose film negative, 1957
NPG x38194

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Winston Churchill

by Paul Laib
whole-plate cellulose film negative, 1957
NPG x38195

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Winston Churchill

by Paul Laib
whole-plate cellulose film negative, 1957
NPG x38196

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Winston Churchill

by Paul Laib
whole-plate cellulose film negative, 1957
NPG x38198

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Winston Churchill

by Paul Laib
whole-plate cellulose film negative, 1957
NPG x38199

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Winston Churchill

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, circa 1960
NPG x6122

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Winston Churchill

by Elliott & Fry, copied by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 16 January 1967
NPG x176816

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Winston Churchill

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x86705

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Winston Churchill

by Howard Coster
bromide print
NPG x1772

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Winston Churchill

by Howard Coster
bromide print
NPG x1774

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Winston Churchill

by Howard Coster
bromide print
NPG x2197

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Winston Churchill

by Howard Coster
bromide print
NPG x2198

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