An original press photo of Lady Clementine Churchill taken by Lord Snowdon, the husband of Princess Margaret, on 1 April 1974 at the home of Lady Churchill to both commemorate her birthday and launch the Churchill Centenary Trust. Lord Snowdon.
An original press photo of Lady Clementine Churchill taken by Lord Snowdon, the husband of Princess Margaret, on 1 April 1974 at the home of Lady Churchill to both commemorate her birthday and launch the Churchill Centenary Trust

An original press photo of Lady Clementine Churchill taken by Lord Snowdon, the husband of Princess Margaret, on 1 April 1974 at the home of Lady Churchill to both commemorate her birthday and launch the Churchill Centenary Trust

London: Camera Press Ltd., 1 April 1974. Photograph. This is an original press photograph copy of a portrait of Lady Clementine Churchill taken at her home by Lord Snowdon on 1 April 1974 for the twin occasions of Lady Churchill’s 89th birthday and the launch of the Churchill Centenary Trust. This image, featuring Lady Churchill smiling in pearls, measures 10 x 8.125 in (25.4 x 21 cm) on glossy photo paper. Condition is good with light wear confined to the edges and light overall scuffing visible only under raking light. There is an original printing error on the right edge of her hair. The image is crisp and clear with rich blacks and bright highlights. The verso bears the copyright stamp of “CAMERA PRESS LTD.”, a purple publication stamp of The Daily Telegraph from 1 April 1974, an embargo stamp, a lengthy typed caption, and a clipping of the caption as it was printed in the newspaper. As explained in both the original newspaper caption and the typed caption, beyond the occasion of Lady Churchill’s 89th birthday, the purpose was launching the Churchill Centenary Trust’s campaign to raise £1 million to complete the two national memorials to Sir Winston – the Archive Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge, and the Churchill Memorial Trust, which grants scholarships for study abroad. The lengthier, typed quote on the photograph verso further explains that the portrait was taken “at the home of Lady Spencer Churchill”. Antony Armstrong Jones (1930-2017) became Lord Snowdon upon his 1960 marriage to Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II. As the first marriage between a commoner and a king’s daughter in four and a half centuries, the wedding of the Princess and the society photographer was the subject of nationwide fascination. Theirs was the first royal wedding to be televised. Almost immediately the instability of their marriage became apparent and quite publicly so. Naturally the collapse of the princess’s marriage was fodder for the press who explored the lurid details of Lord Snowdon’s infidelity. After eighteen years their marriage ended in divorce. Nevertheless, Lord Snowdon remained close to the Royal Family, serving as the only photographer to have had sittings with the Queen throughout her reign. Until his death he continued to act as official photographer for such events as the Queen’s Diamond wedding anniversary, her 80th birthday, and Princess Diana and Prince Charles’s engagement photos. Clementine Churchill, nee Clementine Hozier, first met Winston at a ball in 1904, where he made a poor impression. In March 1908 she was placed next to Winston at a dinner party, where he apparently made a better impression; they married on 12 September 1908. Their marriage brought five children: Diana (b. 1909); Randolph (b. 1911); Sarah (b. 1914); Marigold (b. 1918); and Mary (b. 1922). To their lifelong marriage Clementine brought "a shrewd political intelligence. She supplied balance to Churchill at two levels: her more equable nature ensured that she moderated the depth of his depressions, and her good judgment helped to ward off political mistakes." (ODNB) Winston Churchill's life and career were tumultuous and relentlessly eventful, so Clementine's married life was perhaps inherently not without stress, challenges, and sadness. Nonetheless, their marriage appears to have been a truly effective and intimate partnership. "Throughout their married life, even if separated for only a few days, Clementine and Winston wrote spontaneous and informal letters to one another, intimately affectionate in tone, using their pet names Pug and Kat and reinforced with appropriate animal drawings." (ODNB) ‘Marriage was her vocation’, said a newspaper leading article at her death. (The Times, 13 Dec 1977). Item #005413

Price: $150.00

See all items in Photos
See all items by