Pair of Original Portrait Photographs, signed.
Each photograph is signed on the mount, that of Clementine with the inscription, “To Frank Clarke with happy memories of our visit to America in the Winter & Spring of 1946.” Co. Frank W. Clarke, a Canadian shipowner, had first met Churchill during the General Strike in 1926, when he had worked for him on the British Gazette. In 1943 Churchill had stayed with Clarke after the Quebec Conference and, when he was at his lowest ebb, physically exhausted from his Herculean efforts of the previous six years and psychologically prostrated by defeat in the Election, he was delighted to be offered the opportunity to stay at Clarke’s Miami Beach estate for the Winter. Interviewed by the Press on his arrival, and asked to say “just ten words”, he settled on the formula, “The great pleasure I feel in enjoying the genial sunshine of Miami Beach.” The restorative powers of the Floridian climate are well-attested to by the fact that is was during his stay with Clarke that Churchill began work on the Fulton Speech, his most powerful and important as Leader of the Opposition, a controversial statement of the post-War status quo, the public declaration of the Cold War and a call for close Anglo-American co-operation as a guarantee for future World security.
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2 original photographs (195 x 143 mm), mounted on card and now window mounted side by side, framed and glazed. Card mounts a little browned, inscriptions slightly faded, the photographs in fine condition.