CHURCHILL, Sir WINSTON (1874-1965, statesman, Prime Minister, war leader, and author)
Lot 45
CHURCHILL, Sir WINSTON (1874-1965, statesman, Prime Minister, war leader, and author)
Sold for £2,280 (US$ 3,898) inc. premium
Lot Details
CHURCHILL, Sir WINSTON (1874-1965, statesman, Prime Minister, war leader, and author)

Footnotes

  • This is an extremely good oil copy of the the most famous portrait of Churchill and one of the most widely reproduced portraits in the history of photography. It is a desideratum for the library of a significant Churchill collector.

    In 1941 Churchill had just addressed the Canadian Parliament and Karsh was there to photograph him. In Faces of Our Time (1971), Karsh recalled: 'He was in no mood for portraiture and two minutes were all he would allow me as he passed from the House of Commons chamber to the anteroom. Two niggardly minutes in which I must try to put on film a man who had already written or inspired a library of books, baffled all his biographers, filled the world with his fame, and me, on this occasion, with dread.' Churchill marched into the room scowling, 'regarding my camera as he might the German enemy.' His expression suited Karsh perfectly, but the cigar stuck between his teeth seemed incompatible with the occasion. 'Instinctively I removed the cigar. At this the Churchillian scowl deepened, the head was thrust forward belligerently, and the hand placed on the hip in an attitude of anger.' The image captured Churchill and the England of the time perfectly - defiant and unconquerable. Churchill later said to Karsh: 'You can even make a roaring lion stand to be photographed.'

    Elsie Barling, teacher and painter, was born in Newnham, Gloucestershire. She taught at Queen Bertha's School, Birchington, and Bryanston School and was said to be an inspired teacher. Her main influence was Frances Hodgkins. A memorial exhibition of her work was shown at the Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, in 1977.
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Customer Services (UK)
    Customer Services
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7447 7447
    FaxFax: +44 20 7447 7401
  2. Books (UK)
    General Enquiries
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7393 3828
    FaxFax: +44 20 7393 3879
  3. Shipping (UK)
    Logistics - Shipping
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +44 20 7468 8302
    FaxFax: + 44 20 7629 9673
Similar items