Winston Churchill painting gifted to Missouri museum

Winston Churchill authored this book on painting in 1950. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Crescent City Auction Gallery

 

FULTON, Mo. (AP) – The latest addition to the National Churchill Museum in Missouri is a testament to the longtime British prime minister’s artistic, rather than political, skills.

The former Monsanto Co. on Friday donated a painting by Churchill to the museum at Westminster College in Fulton, where Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946.

The work, Lake Scene at Norfolk from around 1935, shows a tranquil scene of a tree-lined lake. Its value was not disclosed.

Churchill was 40 when he began painting to escape the pressures of politics. The painting was acquired in 1993 by St. Louis-based Monsanto. German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG on Thursday completed its purchase of Monsanto.

The painting is among four of Churchill’s that will be on permanent display at the museum.

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