Queen and Country

Leaders of Democracy - Winston Churchill somewhat informal

Kurt Hutton

Leaders of Democracy - Winston Churchill somewhat informal

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

29.9 x 25 cms (11.75 x 9.83 ins)

1939

HC 11784

Literature

Picture Post - 90 - "Churchill At Chartwell" - pub. 25th February 1939
Kurt Hutton, Speaking Likeness, Focal Press, 1947 (illustrated full page p. 25, captioned "Winston Churchill somewhat informal")

British statesman Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) wearing old clothes to work on the building site of a new cottage at his Chartwell Manor country estate.

Winston Churchill was in the political wilderness when Kurt Hutton went to photograph him on a visit with Picture Post editor Stefan Lorant. Churchill's subsequent exposure in Picture Post was instrumental in returning him to front line politics.

Lorant described how, at lunch, Churchill shovelled in a whole bowl of steak and kidney pie at the same time as sipping brandy, smoking a cigar and eating chocolate. Churchill did not speak a word while he ate: "It must have been half an hour though it seemed to me like days. He was in a world of his own."



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Kurt Hutton

Leaders of Democracy - Winston Churchill somewhat informal

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

29.9 x 25 cms (11.75 x 9.83 ins)

1939

HC 11784

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