Historical Portraits Picture Archive

The Victory Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) 1942

Alfred Egerton Cooper 

The Victory Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Alfred Egerton Cooper
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Oil on canvas
20th Century
20 x 16 inches 50.8 x 40.6 cm
 
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This pugnacious profile is preliminary to Cooper's most famous portrait of the Prime Minister, the Profile for Victory. In this painting he has managed to distill the particular qualities which informed Churchill's character during the Second World War- the indomitable tenacity which proved such an inspiration to the public.Appropriately, the Profile was reproduced after the exhibition at the RA in 1943 as a successful propaganda poster.
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