World War I TYPED LETTER SIGNED by Winston Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty
Framed with a Vintage Cabinet Photograph
Winston S. Churchill
4 3/4 x 6 inches (Framed: 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches overall.)
Churchill at Chartwell
Written shortly after the commencement of World War I, on Admiralty notepaper, dated "16th September, 1914", the letter reads:Dear Lady Courtney,Thank you for your letter of the 14th September. I am very sorry that, in view of my pressing duties, I cannot undertake what you ask.Yours very truly, [Signed in ink:] Winston S. ChurchillCATHERINE "Kate" COURTNEY, Baroness Courtney of Penwith (1847-1929), was a British social worker and anti-war advocate, who campaigned with her husband, Baron Leonard Courtney, to end the Second Boer War and the First World War. One wonders what her "request" to Winston Churchill might have been.Matted and handsomely framed in gilt with a magnificent vintage formal portrait photograph of the First Lord by Elliott & Fry (4 x 5 1/2 inches), mounted on their 55 Baker Street, London photo card. (Framed: 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 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).