What the Sale of a Rare Churchill Painting Means for Modern Day Orientalism

Published March 3rd, 2021 - 11:19 GMT
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Winston Churchill's painting of Morocco showcased by Christie's (AFP/FILE)
The sale this week of a Moroccan sunset painting by Winston Churchill for $11.5 million calls to question how the British prime minister imagined the Middle East and North Africa.  Churchill’s "Tower of Koutoubia Mosque," which was sold by the actor Angelina Jolie at Christie’s auction house, depicts a sunset over Marrakech, which the British prime minister visited with Franklin D. Roosevelt after the Casablanca Conference in 1943. Roosevelt later received the painting as a memento o

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