Winston Churchill's Last Painting Is Going on Sale

The prime minister painted 544 pieces over his life
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2017 5:30 PM CDT
Winston Churchill's Last Painting Is Going on Sale
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Next month, the last painting ever completed by Winston Churchill is going on sale at auction, and it's expected to bring in upwards of $100,000, Sky News reports. The former prime minister finished "The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell" in 1962 and gave it to his bodyguard, Sergeant Edmund Murray, who looked after the former prime minister during the last years of his life. Chartwell was Churchill's beloved country home in Kent and, according to Frances Christie, the head of Sotheby's Modern and Post-War British department, "a very special place for him, right until the end of his life, was the goldfish pool," per the Irish Examiner. An earlier, larger painting of the pond sold for more than $2 million in 2014.

Churchill took up painting as a hobby in the 1920s and during his life completed 544 works. Christie says "The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell" represents a development in his technique as "it verges on the abstract which is very unusual for him. You can see flashes of orange which mark out the goldfish. … He had a really confident, bold brushwork." Churchill's final work goes on sale at Sotheby's in London on Nov. 21. (More Winston Churchill stories.)

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