(The above is a small selection of the limited editions. All of the limited editions were completely and immediately sold out as they were created)

Prime Minister, David Cameron, 10 Downing Street office with Curtis Hooper’s “Intrepid” lithograph above his desk.

Canvas size: 30” x 40”

24K Gold Leaf lettering

Life-size Oil on Canvas

“First Lord of the Admiralty”


“The Pilot”

“War Child”

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the  Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where the original painting is currently on exhibit.

Curtis had the  privilege of working with Sir Winston’s immediate family to create a series of original paintings and lithographs depicting his life and philosophies. The story of their creation and collaboration with the Churchill family is written below.

This life-size portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, expresses Churchill’s lifelong campaign for freedom, human rights and, of course, democracy.

Price upon request


Curtis created this series of limited editions about Sir Winston Churchill’s life and philosophies, which was published in the United States. The publisher had wanted to create a series about Churchill and had been looking through over 100 artists’ works to try to find the right artist to create them, and was about to give up on the project when Curtis went to the publisher to have them print his new limited edition of the movie star, Peter Sellers, which Mr. Sellers would co-sign. On seeing Curtis’s artwork, they asked him about the possibility of creating a series of artworks about Sir Winston. Curtis had been a life long admirer of Sir Winston and grew up  close to Churchill’s London home, and saw him quite a few times in person, and was delighted with the idea of creating this series. A week or so later, Curtis had designed and created two new Churchill limited editions and a third was on its way. He decided to create each artwork visually expressing one of Sir Winston’s famous quotations. The publisher was thrilled and arranged for Lady Sarah Churchill, Sir Winston’s daughter, to fly back to the United States, as she was to co-sign the series. Lady Sarah and her family were overjoyed and the full series began to be created by Curtis.

Curtis noticed, as he got to know Lady Sarah, that she would take small pieces of tracing paper and affectionately trace simple outlines of family photos, including her father. Curtis decided to convert her tracings into an intaglio embossing plate and emboss each tracing into the bottom area of each print, where she was to co-sign in pencil, next to Curtis’s hand signed pencil signature. This gave the artworks a personal Churchill touch, which delighted Lady Sarah and the art collectors.

Lady Sarah and her family were very helpful to Curtis in accessing public and private information and photographs of her father. Her mother, Clementine, Baroness Spencer-Churchill, wrote comments and thoughts about the works, which was very helpful.  Sadly, she passed away during the early part of the project.  Curtis created a sentimental artwork, for Lady Sarah, reflecting aspects of her parents’ marriage.

The first ten completed limited editions sold out extremely quickly, with individual dealers purchasing entire editions, even buying some sight unseen, and the prices kept rising exponentially. The publisher decided to create more editions, as they could see that this was becoming a worldwide market, so Curtis went back to England, a number of times, to do more research with Lady Sarah and the people at Chartwell, Sir Winston’s former country home and now museum. At  Chartwell they were  able to  research more personal  and   political   background   information  and photographs.   Lady  Sarah  arranged  meetings  with military leaders from the second World War, who worked directly with Sir Winston, which was very helpful in creating the new editions.

Lady Sarah, from time to time, would come back to the United States to Curtis’s studio where they would both hand sign their pencil signatures. They always did the signing and numbering together to make sure each edition was complete and authentic.  Later, due to her increasing health problems, Curtis took some of the final editions he had just created, to England, so she could co-sign them. However, on his last visit,  it took her a long time to sign, and so he left her a few final prints. Sadly, she passed away not long after. Sometime after her death, her sister, Lady Mary Soames, invited Curtis to tea at her home in London, where she gave Curtis the final few prints that Lady Sarah had managed to co-sign before she died. (Curtis still has those in his collection).

Some time later, Curtis was commissioned to create a painting of Queen Elizabeth II and was asked to take a portfolio of works to Buckingham Palace for the Queen to see. Knowing the Queen was a great admirer of Sir Winston Churchill, he included a selection from the Churchill series, a study of the “Democracy” painting, as well as some other works. Her Majesty took them to Windsor Castle for the weekend, to look them over.  She was pleased with the work and Curtis was informed, a few days later, that the Queen would pose for him at Buckingham Palace for the new government commission.

The complete collection of Curtis’s original artworks, that the entire series of limited editions were created from, was purchased by one of the largest international law firms for their art collection.

History and Background

of the Sir Winston Churchill Limited Edition Series

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Sarah was thrilled to tell Curtis that the very exclusive, Wilma Wayne Gallery, on Old Bond Street, had just sold one of his prints (War Child) for £10,000, which was an enormous amount, over 30 years ago, for a single print from a living artist, which also meant that the complete editions were selling for millions. Later, Curtis went to the Wilma Wayne Gallery, and Wilma was delighted to tell Curtis that it was Elizabeth Taylor who purchased it for her art collection. The prints were now being avidly purchased by collectors, institutions and museums world wide.

Diana, Princess of Wales, was a Churchill relative and a friend of Lady Sarah’s. At that time before she was engaged to Prince Charles, Lady Diana was working at a school for young children, not far from Lady Sarah’s home in Eaton Square, and came to see the latest artworks that he was creating about Sir Winston.  She seemed very interested in how the artwork was created and how the prints were made.  Curtis found her very charming and very interested in art.