An original press photo of Lady Clementine Churchill taken in 1974 by Lord Snowdon, the husband of Princess Margaret. Lord Snowdon.
An original press photo of Lady Clementine Churchill taken in 1974 by Lord Snowdon, the husband of Princess Margaret

An original press photo of Lady Clementine Churchill taken in 1974 by Lord Snowdon, the husband of Princess Margaret

London: Camera Press Ltd., 1 April 1974. Photograph. This original press photo is a copy of a portrait of Lady Clementine Churchill taken in 1974 by Lord Snowdon on the occasion of Lady Churchill’s 89th birthday and the launch of the Churchill Centenary Trust. This image, featuring Lady Churchill smiling in pearls, measures 15 x 11.25 in (38.1 x 28.6 cm) on glossy photo paper. Condition is good minus with wear to the edges, folds to three of the corners, crop markings on the upper corners, and a horizontal crease through the center. 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 clipping of the caption as it was printed in the newspaper, and handwritten printing notations. Antony Armstrong Jones (1930-2017) became Lord Snowdon upon his 1960 marriage to Princess Margaret, the fashionable 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 mined by 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) 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 #005369

Price: $80.00

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