oil on canvas
50 by 61cm.; 19¾ by 24in.
Original canvas. There is a small repaired tear in the upper left corner measuring approximately 2cm. There is a pin holes in the upper right corner and another one along the lower edge, consistent with the artist's working method. The painting has been recently cleaned and is in very good overall condition. Ultraviolet light reveals an area of retouching to the aforementioned repairing in the upper left corner. The work is presented in a ornate wooden frame. Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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London, Sotheby's, Painting as a Pastime: Winston Churchill His Life as a Painter, 5th - 17th January 1998, cat. no.488.
David Coombs and Minnie S. Churchill, Sir Winston Churchill's Life Through His Paintings, The World Publishing Company, Cleveland and New York, 2003, cat. no.C48, illustrated;
David Coombs and Minnie S. Churchill, Sir Winston Churchill His Life and His Paintings, Ware House Publishing, Lyme Regis, 2011, cat. no.C48, illustrated p.115.
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Gifted by the Artist to Lord Butler (R. A. Butler), and thence by descent to the present owner