An original press photo of Sir Winston S. Churchill in late 1960, proximate to either his departure for or return from a holiday in the South of France
An original press photo of Sir Winston S. Churchill in late 1960, proximate to either his departure for or return from a holiday in the South of France

An original press photo of Sir Winston S. Churchill in late 1960, proximate to either his departure for or return from a holiday in the South of France

London: Planet News Ltd., 17 November 1960. Photograph. This is an original press photograph of Sir Winston S. Churchill returning from holiday, cigar in hand, proximate to either his departure for or return from a holiday in the South of France in late 1960. This image measures 10 x 8.125 in (25.4 x 20.6 cm) on glossy photo paper. Condition is very good minus. The paper is crisp and clean with only some very slight bruising to the corners, original crop markings, and some slight scuffing visible only under raking light. The verso bears the copyright stamp of “Planet News Ltd.”, a received stamp of The Daily Telegraph from September 1960, a published stamp of The Daily Telegraph from 17 November 1960, and a clipping of the caption as it was printed in the newspaper. The original clipping caption reads: “Sir Winston Churchill looking fit and well when he returned on Sept. 30 from a month’s holiday at Monte Carlo.” The dates on this press photo are at odds with those recorded by Churchill’s official bibliographer, Martin Gilbert. According to Gilbert (Vol. VIII, p.1315), Churchill, along with Clementine and his private secretary, Montague Browne, “returned to the Hotel de Paris for a few weeks’ holiday” on 28 September. (Vol. VIII, p.1315) The Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo was owned by Churchill’s friend, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, There his spirits were revived with days spent painting. On 22 October he called on President de Gaulle in Nice where the two spent half an hour discussing world politics. Churchill is recorded as having returned to England by November 3, on which date he dined at the Other Club. The information on the verso of this photograph seems to indicate that the image was taken in September, likely as Churchill was leaving for holiday, and not published until 17 November, when it was erroneously published as a photo of his return. Irrespective of the specific week in late 1960 that the image was taken, it captures Churchill in the twilight of his remarkable life. Winston S. Churchill was 80 years old when he resigned his second and final premiership on 5 April 1955. During the last decade of his long life, Churchill passed "into a living national memorial" of the time he had lived and the Nation, Empire, and free world he had served.   The day after Churchill died, on 25 January 1965, the Queen sent a message to Parliament announcing: "Confident in the support of Parliament for the due acknowledgement of our debt of gratitude and in thanksgiving for the life and example of a national hero" and concluded "I have directed that Sir Winston's body shall lie in State in Westminster Hall and that thereafter the funeral service shall be held in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.”  Churchill's state funeral was attended by the Queen herself, other members of the royal family, the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, and representatives of 112 countries. It was the first time in a century that a British monarch attended a commoner’s funeral/ This press photo once belonged to The Daily Telegraph’s working archive. During the first half of the twentieth century, photojournalism grew as a practice, fundamentally changing the way the public interacted with current events. Newspapers assembled expansive archives, including physical copies of all photographs published or deemed useful for potential future use, their versos typically marked with ink stamps and notes providing provenance and captions. Photo departments would often take brush, paint, pencil, and marker to the surface of photographs themselves to edit them before publication. Today these photographs exist as repositories of historical memory, technological artifacts, and often striking pieces of vernacular art. Item #005396

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