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The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting examines the notion that painting may have helped save Western civilization. Although a hobby, Winston Churchill wrote of the effect that it had on him personally and professionally. At the age of 40, in 1915, painting literally pulled Churchill out of his darkest political days and set him on his journey towards his finest hour. It was painting, he said, that helped him cope with the stress and strain of his political life, and allowed him to be productive as he developed his thinking about the rising danger of Hitler and Germany. In addition, Churchill found that the skills he learned from painting made his leadership more effective and he used his painter’s eye to achieve his political and diplomatic goals. The Art of Diplomacy was exhibited at the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta from October 3, 2014 – February 1, 2015.

The e-catalogue integrates an audioguide with original narration for each painting by Duncan Sandys, Winston Churchill’s great-grandson. Free audio preview of three paintings to the right!

The catalogue also includes:

  • Foreword by David Coombs, author, Sir Winston Churchill: His Life and His Paintings
  • About the Exhibition: Did painting help save Western Civilization? By J. English Cook, Curator, and Duncan Sandys, Winston Churchill’s great-grandson
  • The largest exhibition of Winston Churchill paintings in a generation
  • History of Churchill paintings exhibition from 1921 – 2015
  • The 300 year legacy of the Churchill family in Georgia



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