In the 1970s, Sarah Churchill was involved in the commercial publication of a series of twenty-eight intaglio drawings by Curtis Hooper entitled, “A Visual Philosophy of Sir Winston Churchill.” The drawings were based upon famous Churchill photographs and Sarah supplied suitable quotations for each.
Decades have passed since Sir Winston’s death, but Curtis Hooper’s dramatic graphite drawings are as lifelike as ever. “While many only know Churchill for his wartime leadership, the ‘Visual Philosophy’ series is unique in that it contains vignettes drawn from throughout his entire life,” said Churchill Fellow and Hillsdale senior Ross Hatley.…
A wristwatch that the Commune de Vaud gave Churchill on 11 September 1946 was sold recently by Sotheby’s. Did he wear wristwatches? One almost always sees him with a pocket watch. —S.R., New Hampshire
From the 1890s until the end of his life Churchill carried his father’s pocket watch, nicknamed “The Turnip.” He did however sometimes wear a wristwatch, as the above photo shows. N.B.: This is a revised, extended version of a 2009 post, which I have left up for the comments by readers: click here.
William Manchester wrote that the wristwatch was a ”product of trench warfare.” Evidently Churchill thought so.…
“A Certain Splendid Memory…” Dinner of the New England Churchillians, Union Club, Boston, 21 November 2014.
Yesterday at Westminster Abbey, over a thousand of her friends and admirers joined in a memorial to Lady Soames. A few weeks ago, in a special edition of Finest Hour, fifty of them wrote about her. So it is timely to remember her here in Boston, where she was with us so many times.
Timothy Robert Hardy led that issue because after all, a Shakespearean actor who doubled as her Papa is bound to know the right words, and he did.
He began with their meeting in 1981, with Chartwell a cluttered film set as he played her father in the “Wilderness Years” TV series.…