WINSTON and CLEMENTINE CHURCHILL SIGNED Portrait PHOTOGRAPHS
A Framed Matched Set
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4 1/2 x 6 inches (Framed: 13 1/2 x 17 inches)
Churchill at Chartwell
A matched set of formal portrait photographs of Winston and Clementine Churchill, each bromide print measuring 4 x 7 inches, each signed in ink on their respective card mounts by their respective subjects. The photograph of Winston Churchill is the familiar official portrait shot by the photographer Vivienne in 1951. The photograph of Clementine Churchill is the exquisite portrait shot by Dorothy Wilding in 1943. Each photograph is mounted on the photo cards of their respective photographer, with the name and studio addresses of each on their respective versos. The Wilding photograph is also numbered on the verso "No. 012065A."FLORENCE VIVIENNE MELLISH (1889-1982), known simply as "Vivienne," took up photography in 1934 to assist her husband, the artist Ernest Entwistle, and their photographer son, Antony Beauchamp. Beauchamp's marriage to Sarah Churchill in 1949 brought his mother into the Churchill circle. "Vivienne" photographed Winston Churchill at her studio in 1950 and this image became Churchill's official portrait as Prime Minister. Over 200 "Vivienne" works are today in the National Portrait Gallery.DOROTHY WILDING (1893-1976) was the first woman to be appointed Official Royal Photographer; chosen for the 1937 Coronation. She began her photographic career as an apprentice to Bond Street photographer Marian Neilson before going out on her own in London and then opening a second studio in New York City in 1937, which quickly became a magnet for the rich and famous. Her archives were presented to the National Portrait Gallery in London and formed the basis of a major retrospective exhibition in 1991.The two portrait photos are together matted in a linen-faced mat and beautifully framed in ornately ornamented black and gilt (13 1/2 x 17 inches overall).
Bibliographic numbers (in parentheses) are from Frederick Woods' original Churchill bibliography (Woods), as emended by Richard Langworth in his Connoisseur's Guide; and from the new, greatly expanded Churchill bibliography by Ronald Cohen (Cohen).