A truly note­wor­thy por­trait

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THE new £5 note has ex­cited much com­ment, but what in­ter­ests me is the pho­to­graph of Sir Win­ston Churchill. This is his most fa­mous por­trait, taken by Yousuf Karsh (right) in 1941, a low point in the Sec­ond World War. Churchill was in Canada and, on the day in ques­tion, he had just ad­dressed the Cana­dian Par­lia­ment with his ‘some chicken, some neck’ speech.

At its con­clu­sion, he left the cham­ber and had a cigar thrust into his hand. An­other step and he saw the pho­tog­ra­pher, but wouldn’t sur­ren­der his cigar. Karsh came for­ward, re­moved it from Churchill’s mouth and im­me­di­ately took the pic­ture. The im­age was cap­tured and the war was won.

We should all be grate­ful to Karsh, but where is his name on the note? I trust that this will be put right in fu­ture edi­tions. An­thony Houghton Brown, Buckinghamshire

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