British Prime Minister.
Typewritten Letter Signed, “Your friend, Winston S. Churchill”, two pages, small quarto, February 20, 1947. On his address-imprinted stationery, To “Dear Mrs. Chandor”.
“I feel I would like you to know how much pleased we are with the charming and life-like portrait your husband has painted of Mrs. Churchill. It hangs in a place of honour in our London home and is much admired by everyone and a delight to me and the family.
“I have been studying the booklet, ‘The Truth Shall Make You Free’, which you were so good as to send me with your interesting letter of December 29 last. I sincerely hope that Europe, in her present agony, will unite and thus recapture her true greatness.
“I am sorry to learn that Generalissimo Stalin is being tardy in giving Mr. Chandor some sittings for the historic picture. But I do not feel that I can approach him myself in this matter, in which I am sure you will understand me.
“It is indeed a pleasure to hear from you both again. I have the most lively recollections of our meetings in the United States and of my sittings with Mr. Chandor, I send you both my kind regards and good wishes.”
Winston Churchill writes at a time when Europe was in great turmoil. He refers to Europe’s ‘agony’ in the aftermath of World War II, which had only ended less than two years before this letter was written.
The recipient of this letter is the wife of artist Douglas Chandor, who had recently painted a portrait of Churchill’s wife Clementine. In 1945, U. S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had asked Chandor to paint a portrait of commemorating the meeting between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin at the Yalta Conference. The painting was never finished because Stalin would not sit for it.
Matted in cream and grape with a waist-length portrait photograph of Winston Churchill seated. Framed in antiqued gilt measuring 29 inches wide by 16 1/2 inches high.
This item is associated with these categories in our inventory:
- World Leaders
- World War II