Sometimes life doesn’t seem to measure up to its reputation.
At the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, Wisconsin, we caught the Winston Churchill exhibits, including this 1954 cartoon by Michael Cummings.
Churchill, the hero of Britain in World War II, lost his post as Prime Minister to his former aide, Clement Attlee, after the war. Britons appeared to think Attlee better suited to lead the peace. Tributes continued to pour in for Churchill, however.
Poking fun at the situation, to the amusement of Churchill himself, Cummings inked this cartoon on the unveiling of a great portrait to Churchill. The larger-than-life painting dwarfed the real-life Churchill.
History does that sometimes. The people who turn out as heroes, later on, seem so real, so non-heroic, and even small, in person.
One trick of living is to see the heroes under the small exteriors.
P.S.: The portrait by Graham Sutherland did not please Mr. Churchill a lot; so far as is known, it was destroyed on orders from Lady Churchill.
P.P.S.: In the first version of this post, for some unexplainable reason, I called the portrait “a statue.” Fixed now.
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