National Geographic : 1965 Aug
( I APPY ARE THE PAINTERS, for they shall not be lonely," Churchill wrote. He began painting in 1915 and so perfected his artistry that famed British artist Sir Oswald Birley once remarked: "If Sir Winston had given the time to art that he has given to politics, he would have been by all odds the world's greatest painter." Here Churchill works at his beloved Marrakech, Morocco, after World War II. "Winter Sunshine, Chartwell," right, a paint ing of his home in Kent, won first prize in an amateur exhibition about 1925. Churchill rev eled in his hobby. "When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first mil lion years in painting .... " Soviet power. Unsuccessfully he urged an invasion to keep the Balkans free of Russia. Despite the disapproval of his allies, he threw British troops into newly free Greece where, in a bloody struggle, they routed Communist guerrillas bent upon seizing control. Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945. "Weary and worn," wrote Churchill, "im poverished but undaunted and now triumph ant, we had a moment that was sublime. We gave thanks to God for the noblest of all His blessings, the sense that we had done our duty." In July of the same year, while the Potsdam Conference met, the British electorate turned Churchill out of office by voting against the 176 Conservatives. He would return to 10 Down ing Street to guide Britain's affairs from 1951 to 1955, but his defeat in 1945 came as a bitter disappointment. Still, he relinquished power without a murmur, and his farewell message thanked his countrymen "for the unflinching, unswerving support which they have given me during my task, and for the many expres sions of kindness which they have shown towards their servant." TROOPS LINED the funeral route. As the solemn procession advanced up Whitehall, each man held his rifle muzzle-down, with hands enfolding the butt.