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02 May 2019Churchill - the Artist
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Churchill - the Artist Claire Walsh Thursday 02 May 2019

In 1915 Churchill was rescued from depression by the ‘muse of painting’. Painting was the mainstay that allowed one of our greatest national leaders to achieve all that he did. Churchill’s paintings record landscapes from the Riviera, to Blenheim, Chartwell and Marrakech. The most fascinating aspects of this exploration of a talent beyond the mere amateur is the role it played in his personal and political life, the restorative power of the process of painting, and the insight it allows us into the art of his age. Churchill took lessons from Lavery, Sickert and Nicholson, and the choices he made tell us much about the colour, texture and direction of art in the early-twentieth century. 

Due to the sickness of the speaker, the planned lecture ' Gold & Silverware of George IV ' on the 2nd May has had to be cancelled