Artist biography

Glyn PHILPOT 1884–1937

Painter of portraits, genre studies, and religious, mythological and allegorical subjects, and sculptor. Born 5 October 1884 in London. Studied at Lambeth School of Art under Thomas McKeggie and Philip Connard from 1900. Influenced by Ricketts, did decorative borders and initials for Rossetti's translation of The Pitiful Song of Dante 1900–1. Visited France 1903. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1904 (A.R.A. 1915, R.A. 1923) and at the International Society from 1909 (member 1913); founder member of the National Portrait Society 1911. Studied in Paris at the Académie Julian under J.-P. Laurens 1905. Travelled in Spain 1906 and 1910; influenced by Velazquez. First one-man show at the Baillie Gallery 1910; also exhibited at the Leicester and Redfern Galleries. Won a gold medal at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, U.S.A., 1913. Enlisted in the army 1914. Painted four Admirals for the Imperial War Museum 1918. Designed scenery and costumes for E. Verhaeren's Philip II at the Royal Court Theatre 1918. After the war became a successful portrait painter. Mural painting ‘Richard I leaving England for Crusade’ in St Stephen's Hall, Westminster, 1927. Exhibited at the Venice Biennale 1930; then took a studio in Paris and evolved by 1932 a style more in the contemporary idiom. Trustee of the Tate Gallery 1927–34 and 1935–7. Died 16 December 1937 in London. Memorial exhibition at the Tate Gallery 1938; retrospective exhibitions at Leighton House 1959 and Worthing 1962.

Lit: A. C. Sewter, Glyn Philpot, 1951.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II