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Richard Deane Taylor 1925-2014

Richard Deane Taylor 1925-2014

Born Mey­er Tuch­schnei­der in the low­er east side of Man­hat­tan in 1925, Richard Deane Tay­lor achieved immor­tal­i­ty among Churchillians when he paint­ed one of the most evoca­tive and accu­rate por­traits of Win­ston Churchill for Collier’s in 1951, to mark Churchill’s return to office fol­low­ing the British gen­er­al elec­tion.

Years lat­er, Richard’s great work was revived on the cov­er of the Churchill mag­a­zine Finest Hour. He then he gave me the priv­i­lege of using it on the first Eng­lish edi­tion of my book of quo­ta­tions, Churchill By Him­self. It also adorns The Churchill Com­pan­ion, a com­pendi­um of facts.…

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Churchill Artist Richard Deane Taylor

Churchill Artist Richard Deane Taylor

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

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. Click here for his vir­tu­al gallery.

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.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, while the pub­lish­ers did make good efforts to light­en his eyes (which in life were very light blue), they cropped the top of WSC’s head, incur­ring the ire of Lady Soames and this writer, and some­what spoil­ing the effect, although they have promised to fix this in the sec­ond edition—”if there is one.”…

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