by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1941
11 in. x 8 1/2 in. (280 mm x 216 mm)
Given by the photographer, Yousuf Karsh, 1991
Sitterback to top
- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister. Sitter in 216 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Photographer. Artist associated with 156 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Cooper, John, Great Britons: The Great Debate, 2002, p. 134 Read entry
The photographs and cartoons shown here encapsulate the popular image of Churchill. Features recorded faithfully in press and portrait photographs became humorously exaggerated by Sir David Low, Vicky and others. Funny hats sitting precariously on his round head, vast cigars, bow ties, siren suits, all engagingly eccentric in official and press photographs, become cheery weapons in the cartoonist's propaganda war. Idiosyncratic personal detail is transformed into dynamic, humorous defiance.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Face of Britain: Power (14 September 2015 - 4 January 2016)