On 8 January, more than 100 guests gathered at the renowned Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida for a reception and dinner hosted by the International Churchill Society (ICS) in honor of “A Man for All Seasons: The Art of Winston Churchill,” a superb exhibition of Churchill paintings, documents, and artifacts at the nearby Society of the Four Arts.
A collaboration between the National Churchill Museum (NCM) at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri and the Society of the Four Arts, the exhibition has drawn record crowds since it opened on 2 December 2017.
Sipping Pol Roger champagne and smoking hand-rolled cigars, guests were hosted on a terrace overlooking the famed Breakers Resort golf course.
ICS Vice-Chairman Jean-Paul Montupet welcomed the guests and discussed the Society’s mission. He was followed by artist Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill and member of the ICS board, along with NCM Director Tim Riley. Sandys and Riley both provided background information about the exhibition.
ICS Executive Director Michael F. Bishop spoke of the continuing relevance of Churchill’s life and legacy and shared a stirring scene from the new film Darkest Hour, for which Gary Oldman had won the Golden Globe for Best Actor the night before. Bishop then introduced keynote speaker Lord Watson, an ICS board member, who delivered a shortened version of his sold-out lecture at the Four Arts earlier in the day, Churchill’s Legacy: Two Speeches to Save the World.