The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and The Pursuit of Painting

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

 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!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

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!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

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.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

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.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

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!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill 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!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents winton churchill book

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4 Responses to The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and The Pursuit of Painting

  1. franki says:

    And, a cuppa while reading!! franki

  2. Cindy Stierhoff says:

    Oh too bad, Kathryn, this couldn’t be a traveling show for the rest of us to see! Seeing Churchill in front of his easel almost sent chills up me, he looked so engaged in the second photo with his big cigar in place. Will have to get a few of those books for myself and artist friends, we dabble….

    Have a wonderful day
    Cindy

  3. Kathryn,
    The museum exhibit is on my list and I must get over there to see it. I have a vintage copy of Painting as a Pastime and just got it out to re-read before I see the exhibit. Thanks so much for a wonderful and informative post. Happy 2015!

  4. Kathryn says:

    And Happy 2015 to you Bethanne! Miss you!

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