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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF ARABELLA CHURCHILL

Sir Winston Churchill, K.G., O.M., F.R.S., HON. R.A.
SCHLOSS SCHLEISSHEIM, NEAR MUNICH
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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF ARABELLA CHURCHILL

Sir Winston Churchill, K.G., O.M., F.R.S., HON. R.A.
SCHLOSS SCHLEISSHEIM, NEAR MUNICH
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Sir Winston Churchill, K.G., O.M., F.R.S., HON. R.A.
1874-1965
SCHLOSS SCHLEISSHEIM, NEAR MUNICH
oil on canvasboard
35.5 by 50cm.; 14 by 19¾in.
Executed circa 1932.
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Provenance

Bequeathed by the Artist to Arabella Churchill

Literature

David Coombs, Churchill: His Paintings, Hamish Hamilton, London, 1967, cat. no.139, illustrated p.134;
David Coombs and Minnie S. Churchill, Sir Winston Churchill His Life and His Paintings, Ware House Publishing, Lyme Regis, 2011, cat. no.139, illustrated p.150.

Catalogue Note

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these works will be gifted to the Charity that Arabella Churchill started, Children’s World.

We are grateful to David Coombs for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.

In 1932, the year this work was painted, Churchill undertook a tour of the battlefields of the Duke of Marlborough in Belgium, Holland and Germany as research for his biography on his great ancestor. Before exploring the site of the Battle of Blenheim, he spent three days in Munich, and it is most likely that it was during this trip that he painted two views of the 17th-century Baroque palace of Schloss Schleissheim, the second version of which is in the collection of the National Trust. 

The palace was a summer residence of the Bavarian rulers of the house Wittelsbach and comprises three individual palaces situated in a baroque garden, laid out by Dominique Girard. Churchill has chosen to focus his composition on the New Palace begun under Max Emmanuel in 1701-1704 and completed by Joseph Effner. Only the main wing of a four-wing design was ever finished. The result is nevertheless an outstandingly beautiful Baroque palace. Churchill, however, has made this monumental Schloss the background to his composition, allowing the baroque court garden, with its ornate statues, to dominate the foreground. Churchill, who painted several of the stately homes which he visited, would often be drawn more to the gardens than to the buildings in his compositions. As he mentioned in Painting as a Pastime, formal gardens particularly appealed to him: he delighted in the 'sunlit garden gleaming with light and colour' and how ‘every garden presents innumerable fascinating problems' (Winston Churchill quoted in Coombs and Churchill, 2011, op. cit., p.70).

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