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The Paintings and Wit of Noel Coward and Winston Churchill Nicholas Reed Monday 03 February 2020

For over forty years, Winston Churchill was a keen amateur artist. He painted from 1915, right down to his retirement in the 1950s. His landscapes record almost every country which he visited as a distinguished statesman.  Churchill’s wit is legendary: there are even books about it, but I shall not announce his best lines in this summary of a lecture!  Churchill discussed painting with Noel Coward, who was another keen amateur artist, for over forty years.   Indeed, Churchill persuaded Coward to stop using watercolour and convert to full oil painting.   Coward, of course, used wit and humour in many of his plays and musicals, as well as in his personal lfe.   

Lecturer:     Nicholas Reed  is an art historian and archaeologist. In the 1980s he became Founder- Chairman of the Friends of Shakespeare's Globe. In 2005 he was one of two Lecturer Representatives on the The Arts Society Advisory Council and also Vice-Chairman of Folkestone. He is the author of four books on the Impressionists in England, and one on the Frost Fairs on the Frozen Thames.


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