As tensions with Phillip increase, Elizabeth spends time with her old friend Porchey. Churchill's portrait is painted for his 80th birthday.As tensions with Phillip increase, Elizabeth spends time with her old friend Porchey. Churchill's portrait is painted for his 80th birthday.As tensions with Phillip increase, Elizabeth spends time with her old friend Porchey. Churchill's portrait is painted for his 80th birthday.
As Philip goes his own way, drinking with his friends Elizabeth turns to her love of horse racing, spending time at her stables with trainer Lord Porchester - Porchey. Philip is not interested and suggests that Porchey is more than a friend but Elizabeth refutes this, telling Philip he is the only man she ever loved. Churchill's eightieth birthday is cause for a public celebration and for his portrait to be painted by artist Graham Sutherland, but he rejects the finished product for portraying him as a vulnerable old man and his wife burns it. After consultation with the queen he also steps down as prime minister, giving way to Anthony Eden. —don @ minifie-1
Churchill's Inner Self Revealed With Graham Sutherland's Relationship
As a young boy, I remember reading a piece of writing that shed incredible light into Churchill's enigmatic personality. It seems that both Sutherland and Churchill were instantly inspired by each other's character and demeanor, when they first met, and that their relationship thrived out of what this friendly "rivalry" that art inspired for each one of them (in their own particular ways, you might say). But Churchill's cantankerous and flamboyant being fell deeply in contrast with the more reserved, yet self-assured Sutherland, who played the great statesman's compassionate flailing side, and manipulated his emotions. It turns out in the end that Churchill became a victim of Sutherland's overwhelmingly mesmerizing silence and observation. This chapter's climax of the clash between the two men occurs when Sutherland makes the comment while drawing his 6B graphite sketches : " One has to turn a blind eye to so much of oneself in order to get through life "- This completely takes Churchill by surprise, derailing his self esteem, and bringing sad memories of past failures in his life (and probably present ones, at that moment). It seems that after that encounter, their relationship was never the same. Churchill, overbearing, presumptuous and many times rude to the core, is dismantled to the naked bone, like a small kid, and left totally vulnerable. This is probably the reason why, after this , Churchill was poignant and openly aggressive to the artist, (even though he might not have wanted to act this way at all, in the first place), because he felt he was losing a battle of wits against the intriguing Sutherland. It is remarked in that article, that Churchill could never recover from losing this man's friendship (or rather, casting it away), because he deeply needed it. The episode "Assassins" is so wonderfully written, Peter Morgan is absolutely a master of the pen. The essence is conveyed beautifully, of that "Bulldog" goon, left "wrestling with himself- chasing his own tail, so to speak", looking deep into that pond for a piece of his being that seems he can never quite focus, never capture again. Sutherland takes away his motive and confidence, and he is left a carcass without a purpose in a split second.
- Dec 24, 2020
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