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Portrait Photograph of Winston Churchill.
1946. Contemporary silver gelatin photograph after an original oil painting by Birley signed "Winston Churchill" in black ink on the mount below the photo. Image size: 27.5 x 22 cm. Mount size: 38.5 x 30.5 cm approx. Very good condition. Light wearing and creasing to mount corners, light yellowing. A wonderful classic pose of Churchill dressed in suit and seated. Birley painted several highly regarded portraits of his friend Sir Winston Churchill (to whom he also gave painting lessons). Birley was probably the leading portraitist of his day, after his first royal commission in 1928, a portrait of George VI for the National Museum of Wales, he painted "virtually every member of the royal family including Queen Mary and George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip." (ODNB) He made four portraits of Churchill, the present one being the first, which was commissioned for the House of Commons. Birley and Churchill became good friends, with the artist encouraging the politician's efforts and accompanying him on painting jaunts to the South of France.
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