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    Sale 7729

    20th Century British Art

    21 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 79

    Sir Winston Churchill, O.M., R.A. (1874-1965)

    The Seashore

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    Sir Winston Churchill, O.M., R.A. (1874-1965)
    The Seashore
    oil on canvas
    20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm.)
    Painted in the 1930s.

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    This coastal scene is one of a 'series' that Churchill painted during the 1930s, in which he demonstrates his fascination with the sea breaking on the shore. The exact location of this work is not known, but these coastal scenes appear to be painted from the French Riviera.

    William Greenshields was Churchill's butler between 1948 and 1953. The Seashore was gifted to him by Churchill, as well as a further work called Antibes, sold at Sotheby's, London, on 20 April 1966, lot 110.

    Since 1977, The Queen's Silver Jubilee Trust has supported charities that work with young people in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the Commonwealth. Through its grant-making activity, the Trust has helped hundreds of thousands of young people to find employment, volunteer in their local communities or experience new opportunities that they would not otherwise have enjoyed.

    We are very grateful to David Coombs for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.

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    A gift from the artist to William Greenshields, his butler.
    William Greenshields; Sotheby's, London, 20 April 1966, lot 111 (£650).
    with Hammer Galleries, New York.
    A gift from Armand Hammer, given to The Queen's Silver Jubilee Trust at the time of H.M. The Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the correct name of Churchill's butler is William Greenshields and not as stated in the catalogue note.

    Pre-Lot Text



    D. Coombs, Churchill, his paintings, London, 1967, p. 202, no. 320, illustrated.
    D. Coombs, Sir Winston Churchill's Life Through His Paintings, London, 2003, pp. 106, 254, no. C 320, fig. 198.