Description: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 56.5 by 36cm.; 22¼ by 14in.
Medium: oil on canvas
Condition Report: The canvas is original. There is a very faint stretcher bar mark along the upper edge. The canvas has become worn to the extreme corners of the work, particularly at the upper left edge. There is an Artist's pinhole to the lower left corner. There are a couple of very small flecks of loss, one to the water in between the second and third trees from the left and one to the undergrowth on the nearside bank just to the left of the third tree from the left, with one or two possible smaller flecks elsewhere and one or two possible flattening to impasto tips. There are some fine lines of craquelure, visible under close inspection, in places, including in the lower third and towards the centre of the left edge, with possible further very minor instances elsewhere. There is a small scratch just below centre of the right edge and a vertical light scuff between the second and third trees from the left, most likely in keeping with the Artist's working methods. There is some surface dirt to the work. Subject to the above, the work appears in very good overall condition. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a small number of tiny spots of isolated fluorescence and probable retouching, including to the centre of the extreme upper edge, which have been very sensitively executed. The work is held behind glass in a painted and gilt composite frame. Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work.
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Exhibited: Edmonton, Government House, long-term loan, 1991-2006
Literature: David Coombs,
Churchill: His Paintings, Hamish Hamilton, London, 1967, cat. no.124, illustrated p.130;
David Coombs and Minnie S. Churchill,
Sir Winston Churchill His Life and His Paintings, Ware House Publishing, Lyme Regis, 2011, cat. no.62, illustrated p.46.
Provenance: Gifted by the Artist to Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein in 1950
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His sale, Sotheby's London, 26th November 1969, lot 260, where acquired by Mr and Mrs Arthur Cload
Gifted by the above to the Winston Churchill Society of Edmonton, Alberta