Sir Winston Churchill was inspired by the Impressionists and enjoyed painting en plein air. And wherever he went — on vacation or for work — Churchill was accompanied by his paints, brushes, canvases, and an easel. His medium of choice was oil, and his preferred subjects were landscapes and seascapes. His approximately 550 canvases — or his “daubs” as he called them — tell the story of his travels across Europe, North America, and North Africa. Lake Near Breccles in Autumn (c. 1930) depicts a landscape closer to home and recalls the broad brushstrokes of the Impressionists he admired.