A truly noteworthy portrait
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