As you might recall, last year while speaking on The Collected Tabletop at the Cathedral Antiques Show in Atlanta, I also did a designer showhouse space in honor of Winston Churchill. It is certainly no secret that I am a real fan of Mr. Churchill and quite intrigued by this complicated man!
While doing this room, I became acquainted with Mr. Churchill’s great grandson, Duncan Sandys. Duncan was extremely gracious and helpful as I put this space together. He loaned me the portrait of Churchill, which hung above my antique English sideboard. At that time, Duncan shared with me that he was in the process of putting together an exhibit in Atlanta of several of Churchill’s paintings. His passion for this subject was very apparent and indeed he successfully did bring over 30 Churchill painting to Atlanta in an exhibit at Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum!
Last week, Duncan graciously gave myself and two of my close friends a private , guided tour of the exhibit. While working on the showhouse space, I became most interested in Churchill’s paintings and ordered a book called Churchill-His Paintings.
The exhibit, “The Art of Diplomacy-Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting” displayed more than 30 paintings by Winston Churchill, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited. Although a hobby, Churchill wrote in his little book Painting as a Pastime, of the effect that it had on him personally and professionally.
The exhibit guided the viewer from Churchill’s early artistic career in the late 1910’s , through the inter-war period and, finally to his late works leading up to his death in 1965.
While at the exhibit, I purchased the small little book…Winston S. Churchill Painting as a Pastime. I read it last Saturday morning with my coffee and was fascinated by the writing style and the simple idea of “pastimes” and how much they affect our well being. I loved the entire philosophy behind this charming little book!
I confirmed that both of these books are available on Amazon, and I highly recommend both, if you have any interest in art or in “pastimes”!
Last Saturday, 24,January was the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death and it reminded me of how different the world would be today were it not for this leader, this incredible statesman, this talented and complimented man!