The studio at Chartwell

The studio is home to a collection of Churchill's paintings that have been saved for the nation to see and enjoy.

" When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting."
- Sir Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill the painter

Many people know the story of Winston Churchill the Prime Minister but fewer know of the artistic side to the man.

Indeed it was only in later life, at the age of 41, that Winston begun to pick up the paintbrush at all. It was his sister-in-law, Goonie, that first encouraged him to try painting and it soon became an engrossing occupation that would remain with him for the rest of his active life.

Discover more about Churchill's love of painting as you tour the studio, or maybe join one of our talks which are listed below.

The studio

The studio is teeming with Churchill canvasses, most unframed and in various stages of completion.

The studio was built as a space for Churchill to paint without interruption but was also a blessing for Clementine Churchill as it stopped her husband dropping paint on the carpets in the house.

Erected in the 1930s, the studio became a favourite refuge for Churchill. When he was not outdoors, he was in the studio.

The paintings

Inside you'll find recognisable landscapes from Chartwell but also landscapes Churchill worked on during his travels to Egypt, Paris and Marrakech.

The studio walls are hung with many of his unframed canvases in various stages of completion. There is also Churchill's only attempt at sculpture to be seen, which was executed whilst he himself was being sculpted by Nemon in 1954.

Along with his paintings, there are various items of painting equipment on show. Churchill's easel with an unfinished canvas upon it and the armchair in which he painted can all be seen as you tour the studio.

Opening times and talks

The studio is open daily from 12noon to 15.30 until 6 Jan and can be found at the bottom of the apple orchard, next to the terraced cottages. 

Talks run daily at 12.30pm and 14.00pm and give a detailed insight into Winston Churchill the painter.

From 6 Jan - 2 February the studio will be closed. From 3 - 23 February the studio is open by tour only at 12.30 & 14.00pm.

On 24 February the studio will return to its usual opening hours of 12noon-4pm.

The studio is wheelchair accessible, however to get there by avoiding steps you will need to go across a grassy slope.

" 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."
- Sir Winston Churchill, Painting as a Pastime
Christmas wreaths hanging at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Winter house closure 

The house is now closed until 24 Feb 2018 whilst we conduct our winter deep clean and conservation work. Planning ahead? Find out more about the timed entry system for the house and how you can obtain a ticket in 2018.