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War Time Painting of Sir Winston Churchill

(England c. 1940)


Width 18.00inch 45.72 cm
Height 24.00inch 60.96 cm
External Dimensions
Width 27.00inch framed width 68.58 cm
Height 34.00inch 86.36 cm
Artists FELIKS TOPOLSKI (1907-1989)
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Price gbp 2200.00 (Pound Sterling)

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Rare full length portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, painted in ink wash, pen, and white chalk highlights. This striking painting depicts Churchill viewing blitz damage to the House of Commons London, to dramatic effect, with his customary cigar
Churchill recounts a visit he made to a very poor London neighborhood that had just been bombed during the Blitz:
Already little pathetic Union Jacks had been stuck up amid the ruins. When my car was recognised the people came running from all quarters, and a crowd of more than a thousand was soon gathered. All these folk were in a high state of enthusiasm. They crowded round us, cheering and manifesting every sign of lively affection, wanting to touch and stroke my clothes. One would have thought I had brought them some fine substantial benefit which would improve their lot in life. I was completely undermined, and wept. Ismay, who was with me, records that he heard an old woman say: “You see, he really cares. He’s crying.” They were tears not of sorrow but of wonder and admiration.

Attributed to Feliks Topolski. A draughtsman, cartoonist and illustrator. Born 14 August 1907 in Warsaw, son of an actor. Studied at the Academy of Art, Warsaw, in Paris and in Italy. Settled in England 1935; naturalized British subject 1947. Served as Official War Artist 1940–5. Made mural decorations at Kendal House flats for the Finsbury Borough Council 1952. Awarded gold medal of honour by the International Fine Arts Council 1955. Painted a portrait of Dame Edith Sitwell and Coronation murals for Buckingham Palace 1959. Editor and illustrator of Topolski's Chronicle.


Sylvia Mann, Old Admiralty Building, Whitehall.