Trees in the Eastern Counties by Sir Winston Churchill

  • This exceptional landscape was composed by the great statesman and painter Winston Churchill
  • Broad brushstrokes and vivid color are characteristics of the statesman's artwork
  • Painting was a dominating passion for Churchill in the last half of his life
  • Today, Churchill's personal paintings boast both artistic and historic significance
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Sir Winston Churchill
1874-1965 | British

 Trees in the Eastern Counties
Oil on canvas

Immediately recognizable as one of the most important statesmen in world history, Sir Winston Churchill also pursued the art of painting for more than 40 years. This pastime resulted in an impressive collection of works that give insight into the personal life of this tremendously important man. This particular piece, entitled Trees in the Eastern Counties, originally hung in Churchill’s Hyde Park Gate home in London and was composed during a visit with family in Norfolk. Painted at the Breccles Hall estate of Mrs. Edwin Montagu, cousin to his wife, Lady Clementine Churchill, to which the Churchills were frequent visitors, Churchill deftly captures a bright, windswept day with bold and energetic brushstrokes. 

Painting was a dominating passion for Churchill in the last half of his life. There is little evidence that he had any artistic training prior to his 40s. In fact, his wife Clementine mentioned at one point that before he began painting, Churchill had hardly visited an art museum, much less created art. Churchill first began painting following a personal and political disaster — the Dardanelles campaign in 1915. He is quoted as telling the painter Sir John Rothenstein: “If it weren’t for painting, I couldn’t live; I couldn’t bear the strain of things.” 

In 1948, Churchill was bestowed the prestigious recognition of Honorary Academician Extraordinary by the Royal Academy of Arts, where this work would later be exhibited. He painted roughly 500 works, approximately 350 of which are housed in Churchill’s garden studio at Chartwell. Only a few others were given to friends and remain in private collections.

Authenticated by Lady Clementine Spencer-Churchill on handwritten label: “Painted by my Husband / Clementine S. Churchill”

Circa 1936

Canvas: 24 1/8” high x 29 1/2” wide
Frame: 31” high x 36 1/4” wide

Provenance:
Lady Spencer-Churchill
Private Collection
Private Collection
M.S. Rau, New Orleans

Exhibited:
Royal Academy, 1959

Reference:Sir Winston Churchill: His Life and His Paintings, 2003, David Coombs with Minnie Churchill, page 69, Fig. 110, titled Trees in the Eastern Counties, near Breccles
Trees in the Eastern Counties by Sir Winston Churchill
Maker: Churchill, Sir Winston
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: England
Type: Paintings
Width: 36.25 Inches
Height: 31.0 Inches
Style: Impressionism
Canvas Width: 29.5 Inches
Canvas Height: 24.125 Inches
Trees in the Eastern Counties by Sir Winston Churchill
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