A painting by Winston Churchill up for auction for the first time


It’s a little piece of UK history coming to the market. Christie’s will auction « Scene at Marrakech » by Winston Churchill, as part of his sale « The Modern British Art Evening » scheduled for next March. <!– –>

« Scene at Marrakech » was made in the 1935s, following a trip to Morocco that Winston Churchill undertook on the advice of his friend and mentor, Sir John Lavery. An escapade that the British politician has immortalized in this painting, which expresses his love of nature like most of his works. « Scene at Marrakech » was offered in the 1950s to Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, whose decisive role in the Battle of Dunkirk spared the lives of many soldiers during World War II.

This painting has remained in the Montgomery family until now, and will be offered for sale for the first time next March. It is estimated between 300,000 and 500,000 pounds (approximately 330,000 and 550,000 euros) during the sale. « The Modern British Art Evening ». Since the 1980s, many works by Winston Churchill have been auctioned. One of them, entitled “The Goldfish Pond at Chartwell”, had even been auctioned for the record sum of 1.8 million pounds at Sotheby’s in 2014.<!– –>

A record sum all the more surprising given that the politician is not recognized as a genius of painting. Winston Churchill developed a taste for painting in his forties, following the failure of the Dardanelles campaign. A passion on which he confided in the essay « Painting as a Pastime », published in The Strand magazine. “Happy are the painters, for they are never alone. Light and color, peace and hope, will keep them company until the end, or almost until the end of the day.“, He wrote.

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