Did Winston Churchill destroy his portrait?

Did Winston Churchill destroy his portrait?

Did Winston Churchill destroy his portrait?

Churchill despised the unsparing portrait, painted by the artist Graham Sutherland, which made him look “half-witted.” The birthday gift, commissioned by the House of Commons, was quietly destroyed on the instructions of Churchill's protective wife, Clementine. BE

Why did Winston not like the painting?

He'd seen it, he hated it. He thought it made him look weak. He was weak, he was 80 years old & recovering from a stroke - and this was not how he wanted the world to remember him. His wife had the painting burned soon afterwards. BE

How many paintings did Winston Churchill paint during his lifetime?

The hobby became, for the great British statesman, a source of delight and a respite from the stress of his career. He would eventually create over 550 paintings, crediting the practice with helping him to hone his visual acuity, powers of observation, and memory. BE

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