Focus on Churchill Painting

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Instant expert SIR Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was not only our most famous Prime Minister but became a well-regarded artist too. Sir Winston started to paint at the relatively late age of 40 and saw it more as a hobby and a therapeutic act. It was a very personal pastime which was to play an increasingly important role in his life. His works are desirable... and sometimes sell for a fortune.

Basics VILLA on the Nivelle (below) was painted in 1945 and marks only the second time Churchill had picked up a paintbrush since the start of World War II. He painted it at the Chteau de Bordaberry on a short holiday in France with his wife Clementine. The great leader was prone to bouts of depression which he called the "black dog" and painting is seen as one of the ways he managed it. Later, in 1947, he submitted two paintings to the Royal Academy's summer exhibition under the name David Winter. Both were accepted, his true identity was revealed and he was as elected an Honorary Academician Extraordinary. …