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THE ART OF WAR

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Winston Churchill puffs on a signature cigar while painting a view of the Sorgue River in southern France. Britain’s WW2 prime minister didn’t take up painting until he was 40 but still managed to produce over 500 pictures before his death. He frequently holidayed in France but was persuaded to take his oils and easel with him by artist Sir William Orpen, who recommende­d the light in avignon while painting Churchill’s portrait. 1948

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