Regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the century, Sir Winston Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) inspired a nation, “I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion’s roar”, outlined a nations aim “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory.”, and defined a nation’s belief, “Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” Best known for his leadership of the U.K. during WWII, Churchill was also a noted statesman, orator, historian and writer. He is the only British Prime Minister to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature and was the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States. Although unknown to many, Winston Churchill was also a talented artist and took great pleasure in painting. Churchill suffered spells of depression, “Black Dog” as he termed it, throughout his life of which his painting was a haven from. He was taught to paint by his artist friend, Paul Maze, whom he met during WWI and was a great influence. Many of Churchill’s paintings were oil-based and feature impressionist scenes of landscapes of the South of France, Egypt and Morocco but he also did a number of portraits and interior scenes. He continued his hobby throughout his life and painted hundreds of paintings, many of which are still on display in his studio at Chartwell, the home he bought in 1922 with his wife, Clementine after the birth of their 5th child.
“We shape our dwellings and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” Winston Churchill