Friday, 2 November 2012

Churchill Portrait

Yesterday the National Portrait Gallery in London unveiled William Orpen's life-sized portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, on loan from the Chartwell estate. Churchill said the painting revealed his soul during one of his darkest hours, following the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915-16 in the Dardanelles Straits and the Gallipoli peninsular, which cost the lives of 46,000 allied troops. The Dardanelles commission of 1916-1917 concluded he wasn't personally responsible for the failure of the campaign. CLICK for a BBC video of the painting with further explanation and interviews by Linda Hardy.


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