“HAPPY ARE THE PAINTERS”: FIRST EDITION OF CHURCHILL’S PAINTING AS A PASTIME, WITH 18 COLOR REPRODUCTIONS
CHURCHILL, Winston. Painting as a Pastime. London: Odhams, (1948). Octavo, modern three-quarter navy morocco, raised bands, spine panels gilt-stamped with Churchill lion emblems, top edge gilt. $1200.
First edition of Churchill’s reflections on painting, with 18 beautiful color reproductions of his work and a frontispiece portrait showing Churchill at his easel.
Includes Churchill's thoughtful essays on the relevance and therapeutic value of painting. "Happy are the painters," he writes, "for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end, or almost to the end, of the day." The essay portion of this book was originally published as two separate essays, "Hobbies" and "Painting as a Pastime," in Churchill's 1932 book Thoughts and Adventures. This is the first single-volume issue, and the first with reproductions of Churchill's paintings. Cohen 242.1.a. Woods A125. Langworth, 288-89.