Lot 60: Winston Churchill autographed letter
26th March 2020
A 1910 black-bordered letter, signed by Sir Winston Churchill as Home Secretary. Addressed to the Brixton branch of the Liberal Party, acknowledging receipt of condolences on the death of Edward VII. Churchill's signature shows smudging and is faint, but it remains an evocative piece from Churchill's early years in politics. Winston Churchill (1874 -1965) was a politician and statesman who twice served as British Prime Minister, and is regarded as one of the most influential people in British history. Churchill led Britain to victory against Nazi Germany during WWII, with his regular speeches and broadcasts inspiring resistance against Adolf Hitler during the darkest days of the conflict. In 1963 he became the first person to be declared an honorary citizen of the United States, and following his death in 1965 he was granted a state funeral by Queen Elizabeth II to mark his service to the nation. In addition to his political career, Churchill was a renowned writer and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. He was also an accomplished painter, and his paintings remain highly sought-after by collectors today.
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