Portrait of the Day: Sir Winston Churchill

Past event archive
24 February 2019, 12:30

Room 31

Free

  • Talks and Lectures

Winston Churchill
by Sir William Orpen
1916
NPG L250

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. 

As featured in the Gallery’s ICONS Trail, in partnership with the BBC to complement an eight-part series on BBC TWO exploring the achievements and legacies of some of the greatest figures of the 20th Century.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.