Churchill and his portrait
“A remarkable example of modern art” growled Churchill when the grateful parliament presented him with a portrait for his 80th birthday in 1954. A painter himself, Churchill did not like the portrait by Graham Sutherland for it depicted him as a querulous old man instead of the bulldoggish statesman who had faced down Hitler.
Sutherland was commissioned by both Houses of Parliament to paint a full-length portrait of Churchill in 1954, for which only this study survives. The finished painting, presented to Churchill, was destroyed by his wife Clementine Churchill.