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Churchill's Marrakech connection

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Churchill's Marrakech connection

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The Leighton House Museum in London has opened a new exhibition called “Meetings in Marrakesh” focussing on the paintings of Sir Winston Churchill and Hassan El Glaoui. Churchill, Britain’s iconic wartime prime minister, was also an accomplished amateur painter. He went to Marrakech in Morocco regularly, declaring it to be “one of the loveliest spots in the whole world”.

During these trips he met the Pasha’s son, Hassan El Glaoui, who is now one of Morocco’s most famous painters.

The exhibition traces similarities in their work, giving a fascinating insight into both men.

Meetings in Marrakech – The Paintings of Hassan El Glaoui and Winston Churchill – runs until the end of March.

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