About Antony Beauchamp Entwistle
Anthony Beauchamp was born in England towards the end of World War I, in 1917 or 1918. His father was Ernest George Entwistle, who established an Art School at St Pancras, London. Anthony’s mother, Florence Vivienne Mellish married Entwistle in 1913, and they had one other son, Clive, who became an architect, and also designed a rocket used during World War II.
"Tony was always very brilliant as a little boy," Vivienne told Australian Womans Weekly in 1971. "He left grammar school when he was just under 15 with excellent marks in every subject."
Beauchamp became a famous society figure and began his career in photography in the early 1930's. His big break came when he photographed film actress Vivien Leigh just as she was beginning to make a name for herself.
During World War II, Antony became Official War Artist to the 14th Army in Burma. He once told his mother, "I didn’t take glamour pictures in Burma, mother dear, I took the bloody sights." As we now know Anthony joined the Chindits in February 1943 and marched with them to the Chindwin River. After returning to India later that month he continued to photograph many more regimental units of the British and Indian Armies and followed these soldiers into other areas of combat.
In 1949 Anthony married Sarah Churchill, the actress daughter of Britain's wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Here is a newspaper editorial from that period:
British society photographer has won the hand of his actress-model —Sarah Churchill.
The couple disclosed that they have been secretly engaged for a week, and said that the parents of each have been notified. Beauchamp, who arrived in the United States only three weeks ago, said he had consulted with Churchill before he came here and received his permission to propose.
The marriage will unite the children of a couple of well-know artists—Churchill and Ernest Entwhistle. The statesman father of Miss Churchill is noted for his diligence at pursuing his own art work, whilst Beauchamp's father, who previously ran his own Art School, now lists himself as retired.
Beauchamp, 32, told us his mother was also an artist and has exhibited her oil miniatures at the Royal Academy. She turned to portrait photography two years after he did, and now is his chief competitor.
Miss Churchill made her American stage debut last June as the lead in 'Philadelphia Story.' She recently completed a 16 week summer stock tour of the Eastern States. She now is vacationing after closing in Atlanta two weeks ago. While she was in Atlanta she was joined by Beauchamp.
Beauchamp yesterday presented Miss Chuchill with her engagement ring, an 18th-century ring of French design which sports a large heart-shaped diamond an the centre surrounded by nine smaller diamonds.
The 39-year-old British beauty and Beauchamp said their families have known each other for a long time. Both knew each other before the war, but became close friends only 18 months ago when Miss Churchill sat for a portrait at Beauchamp's studio.
Beauchamp is probably best known for his photographic portraits of famous film actresses, such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.
Anthony Beauchamp died on the 18th September 1957 in London.