Lot 210: TLS signed "Winston S. Churchill," one page, 7.5 x 9.5, personal Hyde Park letterhead, with his current location at Villa Politi in Sicily typed beside the printed address, April 23, 1955. Letter to Swiss paint manufacturer Willy Sax, in full: "Thank you very much for your letter of April 14, and for sending me the Tempera and the new oil medium. I have started a painting with the Tempera, and used the other, which I find very good. Thank you also for sending the beginner's box and mahlstick. Will you please let me know how much I owe you for these?" Churchill also adds the "23" to the date above. In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds, and a punch hole and trivial soiling to upper left corner. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Churchill, an avid painter himself, seems to have been introduced to Sax in the 1940s and wrote to him until Sax passed in 1964. In their correspondence, Churchill ordered paints, asked for advice about technical aspects of paints and painting, and exchanged cordial pleasantries. Having recently retired from his post as Prime Minister on April 5, 1955, Churchill immersed himself in his favorite pastime by traveling about Europe and painting its various landscapes, works which have since appeared in numerous exhibitions around the globe. A fine association with the important politician's famous hobby.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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