Portrait image of Lord Randolph Churchill, mounted in smaller card matt



{smaller card mount}

Reference Number:- Godden Number:- Sprake Number:-
go 161 983a Sprake did not record any Grants

Woven on Silk:-


Printed at top of card:-

Printed at bottom of card:-
Lord Randolph Churchill, M.P.

cm deep by cm wide

cm high by cm wide


by Geoffrey Godden:
This was one of the earliest portrait silks, first issued woven in black and white late in 1885, then being priced at 6d (but, with similar small-sized portraits, later reduced to 3d). This portrait occurs facing either slightly left {recorded as go148 on this site} or slightly to the right {recorded as go152 on this site}.
An outline of this famous politician's career is given in the Stevens section, so188 and can be seen printed on the back-label.

983a:   The portrait was also issued in a larger size, in coloured silks, priced at 2s in 1885 and 1886 but reduced to 6d each by 1887 {recorded as go160 on this site}. The Churchill silk was also included in the 1887 Jubilee Album {that is, the image above}. But these later versions have flowers woven across the bottom of the portrait - a feature lacking in the first issue of the 1885-6 period.

Other comments:
The Jubilee Album is shown on this site as go36, and the portrait above of Randolph Churchill is contained within that album.

The version of Churchill included in the Jubilee Album, whilst an identical silk to the normal coloured version, is however mounted in a smaller size matt. This version [the image above] is smaller as the usual printed Grant credit below the silk has been omitted, thus enabling the card to fit into the overall Jubilee Album format.

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