A painting of Sir Winston Churchill in his art studio in Chartwell, England.  

The late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is mainly known for his pivotal role in the defining conflict of the 20th century. 

What’s less known is that the war strategist and larger-than-life figure was also an avid painter, producing more than 500 works after picking up the brush at age 40. 

The Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta is partnering with Churchill’s descendants to showcase this lesser-known side of the storied statesman this fall. 

Already, more than 30 works from “The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting” have begun touring Georgia to offer a preview of the upcoming exhibition.

It officially runs in the Millennium Gate Museum at Atlantic Station from Oct. 3 through Feb. 1 of next year, but last week the works were on display in LaGrange at the historic Hills and Dales Estate. The Atlanta exhibit will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Mr. Churchill’s death on Jan. 24. 

The preview tour is to continue on to Sea Island this weekend at The Cloister hotel and will make its way to Columbus, Rome and Macon in September before reaching Atlanta in October. 

Commonly remembered for his contribution to world politics during the first half of the 20th century, the British statesman and Nobel Prize winner also painted more than 500 works that, as he put it, helped him cope with the inherent stress from his career.

The Churchill exhibit will feature over 30 of these paintings, including some that have never before been publicly displayed.

Visit www.churchill-atlanta.com for the full tour schedule, updates and tickets.