Churchill’s Disliked Portrait to Be Auctioned

An infamous portrait of Winston Churchill, which the former British Prime Minister strongly disliked, is slated for auction. Painted by Graham Sutherland, the artwork was initially commissioned for Churchill’s 80th birthday but was later rejected by him for its portrayal. This led to the destruction of the original portrait, with only this preparatory oil-on-canvas study surviving. This piece captures Churchill in a contemplative pose against a somber background. Expected to fetch between £500,000 and £800,000, the painting will be displayed at various locations before the June auction at Sotheby’s in London. The piece offers a glimpse into Churchill’s complex relationship with his image and legacy.