Framed ORIGINAL INVITATION CARD TO WINSTON CHURCHILL’S 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT WESTMINSTER HALL

With a Vintage Press Photograph of Churchill Speaking at the Event with the Infamous Painting That Was Presented to Him

1954

Item Number: =204434

$2,750.00

Description

Here is an original invitation to a notorious event, as depicted in “The Crown.” The caption from the framed press photograph reads:

“Sir Winston Churchill, celebrating his 80th Birthday Anniversary, addresses members of Parliament in London’s Westminster Hall Nov. 30 after being presented a portrait of himself, background. The portrait, by British artist Graham Sutherland, is a gift to the Prime Minister from past and present members of the House. Bewigged man seated behind Churchill is W.S. Morrison, Speaker of the House, and at right is Former Prime Minister Clement Attlee.”

Churchill detested this painting and after this presentation it was never seen again. Years later, Clementine Churchill’s then-Private Secretary, Grace Hamblin, acknowledged that she and her brother had burned the painting at Lady Churchill’s request; a burning re-enacted in “The Crown” miniseries about Queen Elizabeth II.

Preserved here on the frame verso is the original, elaborately printed program and an original placecard for this event, along with the full, original paper caption from the press photograph.

Unique thus.

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