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Thirty-eight paintings by Sir Winston Churchill are being offered to the nation, following the death of the politician's youngest daughter in May. Most of the pictures are currently on loan to the family home, Chartwell.

In her will, Lady Mary Soames expressed the wish that the paintings remain there. They have been on display since the home in Kent opened to the public in 1966, a year after the wartime prime minister died. The art historian David Coombs described the paintings as "a national treasure of major historical and artistic importance".

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