-Zurich 1946: “We Must Build A Kind of United States of Europe”-


7 /14 x 9 3/4 inches (Framed: (16 x 17 3/4 inches)

Item Number: 210642

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Signed and dated in ink: “Winston S. Churchill 1946,” this candid photograph was taken September 19, 1946 en route to the University of Zurich, where Winston Churchill was about to deliver his most famous postwar speech on European unity, advocating for the first time “a United States of Europe.”

The photograph measures 7 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches and and has been majestically framed (16 x 17 3/4 inches overall.) It is part of an elaborate linen presentation portfolio of photographs taken that day documenting all of Churchill’s movements in Zurich. Each print is very handsomely mounted and page-numbered, comprising 44 pages in all, including this one (numbered 12). The portfolio is stained and crunched on the spine but the contents are fine. Laid-in is a letter of provenance from the heirs of the original owner, the Town Clerk of Zurich in 1946, one Dr. Willy Bosshard.

Truly one-of-a-kind.