Winston Churchill`s first painting after WW2 up for sale
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 08:51
London: Britain's wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill's first painting after the end of World War II is up for sale for the first time and expected to fetch up to 300,000 pounds at an auction in London.

Churchill created Villa on the Nivelle, during a brief pause in British politics; after the general election on July 5, 1945, and before the result was announced on July 26 when he was unexpectedly defeated by Labour Party.

The wartime Prime Minister had taken a short holiday with his wife Clementine to the Basque region of France at the Chateau de Bordaberry as the guest of French Brigadier-General Brutinel, where he made the painting.

It will be sold at Christie's in London on May 26 and can fetch upto 300,000 pounds, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.

Despite being a keen artist Churchill painted only once in almost five years from Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's invasion of Poland in September 1939 until the end of the war.

But, he was persuaded to take up his paintbrush again by fellow chateau guest Margaret Nairn, the wife of the British Consul in Bordeaux Bryce Nairn, who had previously been a professional painter.

Historian Andrew Roberts said: "Painting was something that he discovered at the time of the Dardanelles disaster (also known as the Battle of Gallipoli) when he was at his lowest ebb. It gave him solace.

"We are used to the adventurous side of Churchill.

This contemplative side of Churchill shows his multifarious personality. It came as a surprise to him that he lost the election. But he was determined to honour the will of the electorate."

Churchill took up painting at the relatively late age of 40. In 2007, a painting of his home, Chartwell Landscape with Sheep, was sold for a record one million pounds.


First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 08:51

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