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Miriam Cozens
A large, original pencil sketch capturing the House of Commons on 1 March 1955, the day of Sir Winston S. Churchill's last major speech as Prime Minister, signed by future Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and depicting an array of prominent political figures, including Churchill and other past and future Prime Ministers Parliament on the day of Churchill's "Never Despair" speech, in which he told Parliament and the world that Britain was to build its own hydrogen bomb
None circa 1955, England. This is an original sketch of the House of Commons on 1st March 1955, the day of Winston Churchill’s final major speech as prime minister just a month before he resigned his second and final premiership. The artist, Miriam Cozens, shows future Prime Minister Harold Macmillan speaking at the Despatch box with Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister Clement Attlee, Christopher Soames, future Prime Minister Ted Heath, Gwylim Lloyd George, Emanuel Shinwell, and other political figures in attendance. (The artist named 17 of the figures depicted on the large margin below the image.) Macmillan signed the sketch in black ink "Harold Macmillan" at the lower left, just below his figure and just above the artist’s penciled name "MIRIAM COZENS". The date "1st MARCH 1955" is penciled in the artist’s hand at the lower right. In the list of names below the sketch, Macmillan is listed as prime minister, despite the fact that Macmillan did not become prime minister until January 1957, twenty-two months after the moment the sketch depicts.The sketch measures 21 x 18 inches (54.5 x 46 cm) on a 27 x 21.5 inches (68.6 x 54.6 cm) sheet of heavy card with a double-matted heavy card overlay framing the drawing hinged along the left edge. Condition of the drawing is excellent, with no appreciable wear or soiling. It has clearly been protected over time by the double-matted overlay. Condition of the hinged overlay is very good, with modest soiling and wear along the edges. This large item will be shipped at cost.In Churchill’s final major speech as prime … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA [San Diego, CA, U.S.A.]
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