by Graham Sutherland
21 1/2 in. x 16 3/8 in. (546 mm x 416 mm)
Given by the artist's widow, Mrs Graham Sutherland, 1980
Sitterback to top
- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister. Sitter in 222 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Graham Vivian Sutherland (1903-1980), Painter. Artist associated with 23 portraits, Sitter in 62 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Sutherland had difficulties with the variable nature of his sitter's face, sometimes young and cherubic, sometimes old and tired: 'There are so many Churchills, I have to find the real one'. Lord Moran, Churchill's doctor, warned him that his sitter was always acting: 'try to see him when he has got the grease-paint off his face'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 124
Events of 1954back to top
Current affairsRoger Bannister runs the four-minute mile. Bannister was the first man to achieve the 'miracle mile', a feat that was thought by some to be impossible, beating his rival, the Australian John Landy, to the record. Bannister went on to a career as a distinguished neurologist.
Food rationing ends in Britain.
Art and scienceJ.R.R. Tolkien publishes the first two parts of the Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. Tolkien was an Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon language and literature and drew on his scholarly interests in history, language and mythology to create the fictional land of Middle Earth where the books are set.
Williams Golding publishes, Lord of the Flies.
InternationalThe South East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) is established in Bangkok. This international defence organisation was established as part of the 'containment' policy of limiting the influence of communism. SEATO was, however, found to be ineffective as the member organisations failed to agree on combined action; it was disbanded in 1977.
Recommended Exhibitions & displays
- Everyday Icons: Collecting Popular Portraits
Until 1 March
- Portrait of the Day: Sir Winston Churchill - His Life 1874-1940
30 January, 12:30