Art: Joy Ride in a Paint-Box

It was a dramatic moment. "The palette gleamed with beads of colour; fair and white rose the canvas; the empty brush hung poised, heavy with destiny, irresolute in the air . . ." Winston Churchill had just sat down, at 43, to paint his first oil. In a jolly essay entitled "Painting as a Pastime" and published in London last week, the great statesman described where his hobby had led him. Actually the essay had first appeared in 1932 as two chapters in a little-read book called Amid These Storms: Thoughts and Adventures; but...

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