CHURCHILL, Winston S. and TRUMAN, Harry S. Oversized black and white photograph signed ("Winston S. Churchill"), as Prime Minister, and ("Harry S. Truman"), as President, aboard the U.S.S. Williamsburg, 5 January 1952. 14¾ x 18¾in., matted and framed, signed by each man on the matt, below their image.
A SUPERB ASSOCIATION OF THESE TWO GREAT LEADERS, just three months after Churchill's return to number 10 Downing Street. An aged and stooped Churchill (aged 77, and holding a restorative cigar) stands next to a beaming Truman. Churchill had come, in part, to make amends. At dinner, just after this photo was taken, the Prime Minister said: "The last time you and I sat across the conference table was at Potsdam, Mr. President. I must confess, sir, I held you in very low regard then. I loathed your taking the place of Franklin Roosevelt. I misjudged you badly. Since that time, you more than any other man, have saved Western civilization" (quoted in McCullough, 874-875). One other example of this photograph has appeared at auction, Sotheby's New York, 19 May 1997, the Pamela Harriman sale, lot 125, $30,000.