A Man for All Seasons: The Art of Winston Churchill

The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery

Saturday, December 2, 2017 through Sunday January 14, 2018

An exhibition organized by the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida.

Winston Churchill, the great wartime leader and prime minister of Britain, was already 40 when he began to paint. One Sunday he picked up a paint-box and it was the start of a lifelong passion. Over the next 45 years, Churchill went on to create more than 500 works of art. These “joy rides in a paint-box,” as he came to refer to painting, became a refuge for Churchill who struggled with what he called his “black dog days.” This intensely personal exhibition includes 24 paintings along with rarely seen photos, film clips, artistic portraits and historic memorabilia. “Painting is complete as a distraction,” Churchill wrote. “I know nothing which without exhausting the body more entirely absorbs the mind. Whatever the worries of the hour or the threats of the future, once the picture has begun to flow along, there is no room for them in the mental screen.”

  • Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Admission is $5 | No charge for Four Arts members and children 14 and younger
  • Please note: Photography is not permitted



We’re very excited to announce that Lee Pollock will provide guided tours of the Churchill exhibition to the public at no additional charge.

  • Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, December 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sold Out – Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sold Out – Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Lee Pollock is a trustee and advisor to the board of the International Churchill Society. A non-profit research and education organization in Washington D.C. and London He was that organization’s Executive Director for 6 years. He was instrumental in the creation of the National Churchill Library and Center at George Washington University.

Illustrated Lecture:

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium | No charge

Artist Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, will discuss the life and art of Winston Churchill.


Frank O. Salisbury (British 1874-1962), “Blood Sweat, & Tears,” 1943, Oil on canvas: 49 x 39 in. (Frame: 61 x 53 in.), Collection David & Jillian Gilmour, © Estate Salisbury

Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965), “Coast Scene Near Marseilles,” 1935 (detail),  Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in. (63.5 x 76.2 cm.), Coombs No 334, Collection the family of the late Julian Sandys

Paul Maze (French, 1887-1979), “Winston Churchill at his Easel Painting the Mill at Dreux,” 1932 (detail), Oil on canvas: 18 x 12.5 in. (45.8 x 31.8 cm.), Collection National Churchill Museum, Gift of Mrs. Norman Laski, © Estate Paul Maze

Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965), “Distant View of Èze,” 1930 (detail), Oil on canvas: 20 x 30 in. (50.8 x 76.2 cm.), Coombs No 209, Collection the family of the late Julian Sandys

Edwina Sandys, “Brush with History,” 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, 44 x 34 in. (111.8 x 86.4 cm.), collection of the artist.

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