A handmade Bairstow Manor (Staffordshire, U.K.) glazed figure modeled as Winston Churchill, after original Second World War cartoon artwork by Sidney “George” Strube (1892 – 1956), one of Britain’s most popular early 20th century political cartoonists. Churchill is depicted in Edwardian dark blue jacket with tails, yellow waistcoat, blue bowtie and pinstripe pants, and standing on a plinth embossed with raised relief WINSTON and impressed artist’s signature STRUBE. Churchill was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He was named the Greatest Briton of all time in a 2002 poll.
The work of Sidney Strube was widely published in the conservative political newspapers of post-Edwardian Britain, most notably the Daily Express, which employed Strube on an exclusive contract as the paper’s political cartoonist from 1912 until 1948. In 1931, Strube, who never allowed malice to enter his cartoons, became the highest paid journalist in Fleet Street. During the Second World War, Strube produced a series of patriotic cartoons, including several of Winston Churchill, who was often portrayed as a bull-dog. He also provided illustrations for propaganda posters that were published by the British government. In addition, he drew advertisements for Guinness and others. His work remained popular after the war.
Stamped MADE IN ENGLAND with Imperial Crown symbol