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Sir Winston Churchill
c. 1950 England
Offered by Taylor-Smith Antiques
Photographer Florence Vivienne Mellish, known simply as Vivienne, was one of the leading society photographers of the mid 20th century. Her son also found success with society and show-business portraits, moving to Hollywood, and in 1949 marrying Churchill’s actress daughter Sarah; “unfortunately Churchill and his wife learned of the marriage, which took place in the United States, from the newspapers, journalists having been speedier with the news than Sarah’s own telegram” . At first both parents, but particularly Clementine “took it very hard indeed”, but later “all was resolved. ‘We have made friends with Antony’s father and mother,’ Clementine wrote to Sarah on December 20 , ‘and we had an agreeable luncheon together'”. Subsequently Vivienne took Churchill’s portrait many times, at her studio, and at Chartwell. Over 200 of her photographs are held in the National Portrait Gallery. With the photographer’s stamp, “Vivienne, Kensington High St studio, London W8” stamped to the reverse of the image.
This image was taken a year after Sarah's marriage to Vivienne's son Anthony, when Churchill was 75 years old.
|Height||19.00 cm||(7.48 inches)|
|Width||16.00 cm||(6.30 inches)|
|External Height||30.00 cm||(11.81 inches)|
|External Width||25.00 cm||(9.84 inches)|