I have just had a remarkably brief interview on the Today programme with David Cannadine who has just published a brilliant short account of Churchill’s involvement with the art world under the title Churchill: the Statesman as an Artist. What is clear is how seriously he took what was essentially a hobby, taking lessons from Lavery, Sickert and William Nicholson. Then, rather amazingly, he was asked to write comments on the annual Summer Exhibition for the Daily Mail in the 1930s when he was out of government. In 1938, he gave a good and thoughtful speech at the Academy’s annual dinner about the role of the Academy as a mainstream art institution, representing tradition, but also needing to co-opt innovation. Cannadine is lecturing on the subject tonight and there are probably still tickets available.