Winston Churchill painted landscapes all over the world, including south Florida. He vacationed in Pompano between January 5-9, 1942. He had traveled to the USA to address a joint session of Congress a couple of weeks after Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war against Germany. So let’s paint one of his paintings on a building in Pompano. Great tourist attraction and lovely.
*** Update: According to the director of the Pompano Beach Historical Society via the Churchill Centre, he stayed in HILLSBORO BEACH with Edward Stettinius, who at the time was administrator of the Lend-Lease Program. Stettinius became US Secretary of State in 1944-45.
According to the Warren Kimball of Rutgers University, Churchill wrote to Roosevelt on Jan. 6, 1942
Dear Mr. President,
We have been greeted on arrival by this cutting from the local paper. This shows that all the trouble you took about secrecy has been in vain. Tommy is plainly identifiable.
Yours sincerely, [signed] Winston S. Churchill
The “cutting” was a cartoon from the Miami Daily News, Jan. 5, 1942 showing two overweight middle-aged men flopped on a beach. The clipping was captioned “Hard work is the thing that will win this war — we must keep at it night and day.” The reference to Commander “Tommy” Thompson, Churchill’s naval aide, must be a joke as he was not overweight, and was relatively young.
According to Richard Langworth, Editor, Finest Hour, Churchill was in Pompano Beach in January 1942 but did no painting there. He made only one painting during the war, and that was in Morocco. Churchill spent an extended vacation at the home of Canadian industrialist Frank Clarke at Miami Beach in January-February 1946, with a side trip to Havana the first week of February. He painted extensively, including at the home of Consuelo Balsan, formerly the Duchess of Marlborough, at Manalapan. Attached is a brief article on Manalapan, from Finest Hour 116, Autumn 2002 Churchill’s Miami Beach paintings are listed and pictured in David Coombs & Minnie Churchill’s book, Sir Winston Churchill: His Life and His Paintings.
Thank you very much to www.winstonchurchill.org.