January 1, 1970

As David Coombs makes clear in his Introduction to Sir Winston Churchill: His Life and His Paintings, Churchill was particularly interested in the craft of painting, the making of the object, rather than the meaning of painting. The technical difficulties of portraying a scene in oil or watercolour were sufficiently absorbing to occupy him for hours on end – and proved the necessary distraction from the difficulties and pressures of his political life.

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