Large Framed Original PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH of Winston Churchill by CECIL BEATON
-With Photographer’s Stamp on the Verso-
16 x 20 inches (Black & White Gelatin Silver Print)
Item Number: 16557
A rare, original and extremely large gelatin silver print of this legendary portrait of the Prime Minister taken by Cecil Beaton in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street on 20 November 1940, in the wake of the worst of the Battle of Britain, with The Blitz brutally underway.
This original print (16 x 20 inches) is stamped: “Cecil Beaton Photograph” on the verso, with his penciled catalogue numerals.
On the morning of November 20, 1940, Churchill was photographed by Cecil Beaton at the Cabinet table. Harold Nicholson who was there, noted in his diary:
“He seems better in health than he has before. That pale and globular look about his cheeks has gone. He is more solid about the face and thinner. But there is something odd about his eyes. The lids are not in the least weary, nor are there pouches or black lines. But the eyes themselves are glaucous, vigilant, angry, combative, visionary and tragic. In a way they are the eyes of a man who is preoccupied and is unable to rivet his attention on minor things.
65 years of age.”
The print reveals its age in light surface creases and faint foxing, but it is in very good condition overall, matted and framed in a stately, stepped, black Art Deco frame. (21 x 24 inches overall).
Rare and powerful.