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Framed ORIGINAL VINTAGE CARTOON DRAWING of Young Winston Churchill
“...Winston takes his last cigarette before a bill is passed.”
3 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches on paper
Item Number: 204599
An original pencil cartoon of young Winston Churchill drawn by Edward Tennyson Reed for Punch magazine, circa 1908. The final caption, which is heavily edited, with cross-outs, reads:
“An offence under the new Protection of Children Act. Winston takes his last cigarette before a bill is passed.”
The drawing is on paper measuring 3 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches, and is here matted and handsomely framed in grey and black (overall size: 9 x 12 1/2 inches).
EDWARD TENNYSON REED (1860-1933) made his first contribution to Punch magazine in June 1889 and joined the staff the following year. Born in Greenwich, London, and educated, like Winston Churchill, at Harrow, as the son of an MP, Reed became Punch’s parliamentary caricaturist in 1884 and remained so until 1912, when he left Punch to draw for The Bystander. Winston Churchill, during his early years in Parliament, was a favorite subject of Reed’s, who preferred the pencil to pen and ink, and was a superb draughtsman.
It is not widely known that, like his father, young Winston Churchill initially smoked cigarettes, as well as cigar. It is today not widely known that, like his father, young Churchill smoked cigarettes, as well as cigars.