Q: Who is the artist?
Can you please tell me who the artist is who created the lovely image of Winston Churchill on your book Churchill by Himself? —M.D., London
A: Richard Deane Taylor, a great man
With pleasure. He is Richard Deane Taylor, who painted the original for a Collier’s cover in 1951 after Churchill had returned to Downing Street following the General Election.
Mr. Taylor, who died a few years ago, gave permission to use it on the jacket of the British edition of Churchill by Himself, which came to pass. (For a special memory, please click here.)
The publishers did make good efforts to lighten WSC’s eyes (which in life were very light blue). Unfortunately, they cropped the top of WSC’s head, incurring the ire of Lady Soames and this writer, and somewhat spoiling the effect. They promised to fix this in the second edition, and they did so, happily for all, not the least Richard Deane Taylor himself.
Churchill by Himself is now in its 4th edition, the latest text being that of Rosetta’s e-book from 2016. We are now working on the 5th (and I trust the final) revised, extended edition, to be published by Hillsdale College Press, in deluxe leatherbound form by Easton Press, and a Rosetta e-book.
The new edition will be worth having, because it adds close to 1100 new quotations to the original 4400. From the original 350,000 words, it is now approaching half a million. That is 0.4% of Sir Winston Churchill’s total output, but, we hope, the most memorable parts of it.