ART FROM THE AT­TIC

Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - ANTIQUES ROADSHOW / GOLDEN MOMENTS -

Artist Graham Suther­land lived in a 16th cen­tury weather-boarded house in the heart of the Weald of Kent. His neigh­bour loved his house and de­cided one day it would be hers. Suther­land was renowned for his land­scapes and por­traits, in­clud­ing a con­tro­ver­sial de­pic­tion of Win­ston Churchill (above, right), which Churchill hated. The artist lived in the house for nearly 40 years, but af­ter his death in 1980, the lady ful­filled her dream and bought the White House.

In 2002, the day be­fore the Road­show came to Chartwell, builders were re­mov­ing an old water tank from the White House at­tic when the owner no­ticed a piece of hard­board, used to lag the tank. See­ing Graham Suther­land’s name and ad­dress on the out­side, she looked at it more closely and dis­cov­ered it was an un­fin­ished paint­ing. Ex­pert Stephen Somerville hap­pily con­firmed the paint­ing was in­deed by Suther­land.

VAL­UED AT: £2,000-£3,000.

CUR­RENTLY: It hasn’t come up for sale, though it has been ex­hib­ited.

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