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Philip Mould & Co. host Winston Churchill Book Launch

Thu Apr 20, 2017

Last night, we hosted the launch Winston Churchill In British Art, 1900 to the Present Day by Dr Jonathan Black at our Pall Mall gallery. Philip Mould & Co. and Bloomsbury Publishing welcomed distinguished guests from the political sphere as well as the art world, and the event was reported in the national press.

Dr Black's is an important book which considers the changing image of Churchill in visual art, from cartoons and paintings to photographs and sculptures. He discusses how and why 'The Titan's' image developed right up to the present day and examines the extent to which Churchill was complicit in its production. In this respect, a portrait previously with Philip Mould & Co. [fig.1], kindly lent by a private collection back to the gallery for last night's event, made in interesting conversation piece.

Fig.1. Life Sketch for the Victory Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill P.M., 1942, by Alfred Egerton Cooper

Fig.1. Life Sketch for the Victory Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill P.M., 1942, by Alfred Egerton Cooper

This pastel sketch by Alfred Egerton Cooper (1883-1974) was made in secret by the artist who disguised himself as a assistant to his sculptor friend, Sir William Reid Dick, who had an official commission and sitting with the Prime Minister. When Churchill saw this masterful study, Cooper's obvious skill assuaged the his anger at the deception and ensured the completion of what was to become one of the most striking propaganda images of the war, the pugnacious Profile for Victory portrait.

Dr. Black, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, became interested in Churchill's iconography when studying the sculptor Ivor Roberts-Jones, whose iconic statue of Churchill stands in Parliament Square. We were delighted to be introduced to Dr Black when researching a work by the sculptor [fig.2.], cast from a reduced-scale maquette produced simultaneously with the Parliament Square sculpture between 1971-73. Full catalogue details are available here.

Fig.2. Sir Winston Churchill P.M., c.1971-3, by Ivor Roberts Jones

Fig.2. Sir Winston Churchill P.M., c.1971-3, by Ivor Roberts Jones

Winston Churchill in British Art, 1900 to the Present Day: The Titan With Many Faces is available to purchase here.