Filed under: Art
Churchill took up painting in 1915 after the Dardanelles campaign in order to relax and destress. He focused on landscapes, seascapes and idyllic country scenes. Although he had no formal training, art became a dominating passion in his later years. He often gave the paintings away as gifts. Because there are so many of them they come up for auction fairly often and generally sell in the mid hundred thousands of dollars depending on size and subject matter. At Sotheby's earlier this month his Boat In Cannes Harbor sold for £253,250 beating an estimate of £120,000 to 180,000.
Many of Churchill's paintings are at Chartwell, his home which is now part of the National Trust. The rooms remain much as they were when he lived here and his paintings can be seen in his studio.