Nazis defaced portrait with cigar to mock Churchill

Nazi officers defaced a portrait of Sir Jesse Boot by sticking a cigar in his mouth to mock Sir Winston Churchill, the National Portrait Gallery has revealed.

The picture of Sir Jesse, owner of Boots the chemist, had a hole burned through its mouth during the Second World War, as German officers occupied his house in Jersey.

The portrait, now loaned to the gallery by the Walgreen Boots Alliance, has now been restored, with details of its history released as part of a major new project about the history of medicine