Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Winston Churchill Print Stolen

Winston Churchill, 1941

Yousuf Karsh ran his studio at the Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa from 1972 to 1992, and he and Estrellita Karsh lived there for 18 years. When they left in 1998, the Karshes gave the hotel several fine art prints. Most are in their Karsh Suite; the others in a reading room. Last week it came to light that the print of Winston Churchill had been replaced with a copy. After a flurry of press, and with the hotel appealing for photographs by guests that show the Churchill print, the theft has been narrowed down to between December 25, 2021, and January 6, 2022.

If any of our readers visited the hotel during that time we are looking to narrow that timeframe down even further so please send us your photos, or contact Ottawa Police Service on 613-236-1222 × 5540.