Everyone knows the name Winston Churchill, but his painting pastime is seldom discussed in history classrooms. In fact, he was a brilliant artist, and the famous royal portraitist Sir Oswald Birley once said that "If Churchill had given the time to art that he has given to politics, he would have been by all odds the world's greatest painter."
He didn’t take up painting until his forties. In the 1920’s he sent five of his paintings to Paris under the pseudonym Charles Morin and 4 of them sold. They only sold for £30 each, but he continued to paint. In 1947 he sent paintings to the Royal Academy under another false name of Mr. Winter. Two of the pieces were accepted and he was given the title of Honorary Academician Extraordinary. Despite his skill, he only ever saw painting as a hobby and once explained how it was just a fun thing to do for him, “Just to paint is great fun. The colours are lovely to look at and delicious to squeeze out. Matching them, however crudely, with what you see is fascinating and absolutely absorbing.” Painting wasn’t the only art form Churchill dabbled in, he was a writer as well. In 1953, Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values". He remains the only prime minister to be awarded a Nobel Prize.