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An Autograph Signed Winston Churchill Equestrian Portrait Photograph, 1948
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An Autograph Signed Winston Churchill Equestrian Portrait Photograph, 1948

Measurements: Overall: 35cm (13.75in) x 29cm (11.25in)

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An original Sunday Dispatch photograph of Sir Winston Churchill in the hunting field, signed by Churchill in ink to the lower right of the mount, and bearing Associated Newspapers Ltd stamp verso - ’No reproduction of this / photograph may be made / without the previous permission / of the Associated Newspapers Ltd. / Northcliffe House, London, England’.  Presented in a green leather easel backed frame.

The present iconic photograph of the former cavalry officer and statesman was taken on the occasion of his 74th birthday while out hunting with the Old Surrey & Burstow foxhounds near Chartwell Farm in 1948. At that time Clement Attlee’s Labour Government were trying to ban hunting with dogs, and Churchill displayed his opposition by borrowing a horse and joining a meet at Chartwell. At length the Labour Party’s proposal to ban was kicked into the long grass of committees and reports. A copy of this image hangs in the lower stairwell at Chartwell.

Perhaps unexpectedly Churchill could be ambivalent when it came to bloodsports. In the early 1950s, when prime minister for the second time, he dismissed a request from the British Army of the Rhine to lift the Nazis’ 1934 ban on bloodsport, saying, 'Do the Germans really object to fox hunting by British troops in Lower Saxony? If they do, it should be stopped. You may occupy a country, but that does not give you unlimited freedom to indulge in sports which annoy the inhabitants.’
 

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