12 of 217 portraits of Winston Churchill
by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1941
23 3/4 in. x 19 3/4 in. (604 mm x 503 mm)
Given by the estate of Yousuf Karsh, 2010
Sitterback to top
- Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister. Sitter in 217 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002), Photographer. Artist associated with 157 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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Karsh photographed Churchill on a visit to the Canadian House of Commons in 1941, when Britain was fighting for survival. Karsh boldly snatched away Churchill's cigar. 'By the time I got back to my camera,' he later recalled, 'he looked so belligerent he could have devoured me.' Known as the 'roaring lion', this image became a symbol of British defiance and is one of the best-known photographs of Churchill.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Black, Jonathan, 1969-, Winston Churchill in British art, 1900 to the present day : the titan with many faces., 2017, p. 107
- Schama, Simon, The Face of Britain: The Nation Through its Portraits, 2015-09-15, p. 119