|Eisenhower at his easel, painting his grandchildren.|
|The Telegraph Cottage, 1949, Dwight Eisenhower,|
the building in England which served as his
home and headquarters during the war.
|Portrait of Mamie, 1952, |
Dwight D. Eisenhower
|Eisenhower's version of Robert W. Wood is unlike any Wood painting I could find, but the similarity to his style is unmistakable.|
|Princess Anne, 1957, |
Moreover, as the portrait of Churchill, painted while Ike was hospitalized for a heart attack in 1955, would seem to indicate, the president was at his best when working from photos. His six weeks in the hospital, temporarily relieved of many of the duties of his office, may have been the impetus for him to once more try his hand at painting. A small, 1957 portrait of England's Princess Anne is exceptional for an amateur also busy being president. Likewise, the Churchill portrait (below) is a very good copy from a photo of a painting of the former Prime Minister by Arthur Pan. Ike showed the painting to Churchill in 1959 without his knowing who the artist was. Churchill, never one to mince words, commented: "...obviously painted by an amateur."
|Eisenhower's Churchill, from 1955, supposedly a gift to his old wartime ally, |
nonetheless remained in this country.