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A Signed Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill by Vivienne, 1950
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A Signed Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill by Vivienne, 1950

Measurements: Image: 11cm x (4.3in) x cm (3.1in)

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An autograph signed bromide print of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) wearing his famous polka dot bow tie; seated half-length by the photographer ‘Vivienne'. Framed and glazed. Overall: 27.5cm (10.8in) x  24cm (9.44in).

Winston Churchill, inspirational statesman, 1953 Nobel laureate, orator and Second World War  Allied leader, returned to power in 1951 to the become the first of Queen Elizabeth II’s fourteen Prime Ministers. The present portrait was taken at the photographer’s studio in 1950, with the image becoming Churchill's official portrait. The photographer ‘Vivienne’ was born Florence Vivienne Mellish (1889-1982) first trained and performed as a singer. On marriage to Ernest Entwistle, an artist, she took up a successful career as a miniaturist. She began her career in photography in 1934 assisting her husband and photographer son Antony Roger (1918-1957), who later changed his name to Beauchamp and in 1949 became the second husband of Winston Churchill’s daughter Sarah. In 1939 Vivienne established her own studio where inter alia she photographed five successive prime ministers. Her portraits are held by the National Portrait Gallery and are collected in her autobiography ‘They Came to My Studio’ (1956),

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