The Telegraph has reported that a previously unknown painting by former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill will be sold this coming month. The painting is a still life with orchids painted by Churchill in 1930s and is expected to fetch over $1 million (£750,000). The Telegraph writes that the painting which was a gift to Margot Sandys, the young wife of his daughter’s father-in-law exhibits,
Such complex and delicate forms would be difficult to tackle even for a professionally trained painter and it reveals not only his liking for the flowers, but his characteristic determination to paint them whatever the difficulties.”
Churchill once spoke of being rescued by the “muse of painting” after he sank into depression following his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty after the disastrous Dardanelles landing in the First World War.
…Churchill came to know the celebrated artist Sir William Nicholson who, Churchill once said, taught him most about painting.
The 46 x 38cm (18 x 15in) orchids painting will be unveiled by the MacConnal-Mason Gallery at Masterpiece, an art fair staged from 28 June to 4 July at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. Bids for the painting will be taken during the exhibition.