Gate at Marrakech
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, KG, DL, OM, CH, PC, MP (Woodstock 1874 - London 1965)
Art / Oil paintings
Oil on canvas board
508 x 406 mm (20 x 16 in)
Place of origin
MarrakechOrder this image
Chartwell, Kent (Accredited Museum)
On show at
Oil painting on canvas, Gate at Marrakech by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, DL, OM, CH, PC, MP (1874-1965), circa 1950, unsigned.
Sir Winston Churchill first travelled to Marrakech in 1935 on the recommendation of his friend Sir John Lavery. From this visit Churchill became fascinated by Marrakech and its people and would go on to visit it six times between 1935 and 1958. There are many photographs which still exist from his trips to Marrakech and many of these are held at the archives at Chartwell. In Churchill’s 1936 article in the Daily Mail, he commented that “Morocco was to me a revelation. Reading about the Moroccan question in the newspapers or official documents affords not the slightest impression of the charm and value of this splendid territory.” In fact the diary of Churchill’s doctor, Churchill is recorded to have said, “… It’s the most lovely spot in the world …” During his visits to Marrakech, Churchill spent much of this time working on chapters for his book on Marlborough as well as newspaper articles and discussing political issues with any colleagues who were travelling in the area. Despite this he still managed to paint roughly seven canvasses whilst visiting Marrakech.
Makers and roles
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, KG, DL, OM, CH, PC, MP (Woodstock 1874 - London 1965), artist