November 30, 2016
CELEBRATE WINSTON CHURCHILL'S 142ND BIRTHDAY WITH OUR 38TH CATALOGUE OF CHURCHILLIANA
Today, November 30, 2016, we celebrate Winston Churchill’s 142nd Birthday by sharing with you our new catalogue of Churchilliana. Our theme this year, “CHURCHILL'S FACE: An Appreciation.”
Of course, Winston Churchill’s words are how the world knows him best. Churchill’s face, however, has ever exerted its own allure. This has been so since the earliest days of his career as a journalist-soldier, a Boer War hero and, ultimately, as a very young MP. Magazines, newspapers, postcards and even tobacco cards were, in those early years, emblazoned with “Young Winston”’s puckish visage. Even after his political career descended into the “wilderness” during the 1930s, Churchill’s face continued to pop up in all manner of visual media; his celebrity dimmed but un-eclipsed.
The coming of war and his ascendency to the office of Prime Minister made Churchill an icon, both literally and emblematically. As his bulldog spirit led the Allied resistance to Hitler, his bulldog countenance became the face of Allied determination. No one understood this promotional power of his visual persona better than Churchill himself. He actively cultivated it. He refused, though, to do so manipulatively. “The broad mass of the people face the hardships of life undaunted,” Churchill observed in a secret internal Cabinet memorandum. “But they are liable to get very angry if they feel they have been gulled or cheated.”
It is fascinating to tote up how many notable illustrators, painters and photographers took a crack at Winston Churchill’s face. Most caught something distinctive. Many captured greatness. We have collected a delectably representative sampling of vintage posters, paintings and caricatures for our 2017 catalogue. We also have mounted and framed them as an exhibition that will open here at the store with a grand reception on the evening of December 13. Look for your digital invitation in the mail very shortly. In the meantime, CLICK HERE, to savor "Churchill’s Face," in the very best birthday spirit.