Winston Churchill
Illustrations shedding light on a leader
My second project for Howland Research, published through the Triple Anvil Press, is a series of illustrations of Winston Churchill. The publication is an essay on the history surrounding an important letter written by Churchill. The essay is by Richard Marsh, a retired attorney and president of the Winston Churchill Society of Michigan. The publication, including a facsimile of the letter,  is scheduled to be in print mid year 2012.

The official letter from the Illustrator published along with the drawings:

Illustrating Winston Churchill for Richard Marsh’s essay on this important letter pertaining to Churchill, Pierre Flandin, and Ralph Wigramis an honor and an inspiration in three ways. 
 
The library where the author’s Churchill books, letters, anddocuments are preserved is a remarkable space.  Its creation occupied six months of the professional life ofa cabinet maker, fabricating, fitting, and finishing each piece of alder wood.  The second inspiration is the books inthat library, most of them significant association copies, and the variety of Churchill letters and documents,several formerly in the collection of Malcolm Forbes.  And, if one needed a third inspiration, it would be the enthusiasmof the author himself, his encyclopedic knowledge of thirteen generations ofChurchill family history, and his generosity in sharing the history of artifactsin the collection, including the letter that is the subject of this essay. 
 
Before rendering the final illustration, based on the iconicscene of Churchill and Brendan Bracken standing amidst the rubble of the bombedHouse of Commons, I read March’s essay. As the essay reveals, when Adolph Hitler entered the Rhineland in 1936,Churchill was one of the few individuals who foresaw the consequence of notchallenging Hitler at the only point in time when Hitler could have beendefeated without the horrific cost that was eventually paid.
 
As you read the essay and contemplate the details of all theillustrations but the last, I hope you will share my sense of inspiration.  As you encounter the rendering of thefinal illustration, I hope you will share my sense that the entire terrible warmight well have been avoided.  
 
Ann Arbor                                                                                                                        RoseJaffe
July 2011    

***The fifth illustration was inspired by and based upon the
iconic photograph of Churchill and Brendan Bracken surveying
bomb damage to the Houses of Parliament on May 11, 1941.
Licensing of the photograph is managed by Bettmann/Corbis.
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