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

As depicted in “The Crown” here is an original invitation to a notorious event. 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, Grace Hamblin, Clementine Churchill’s then-Private Secretary acknowledged that she and her brother had burned the painting at Lady Churchill’s request.

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

Unique thus.