N04702 SELF-PORTRAIT 1932
Inscr. ‘F.B. 1932’ b.r.
Canvas, 36 1/4×25 3/4 (92×65·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1933.
Exh: N.E.A.C., winter 1932 (129); R.A., 1933 (374).
Lit: Allan Gwynne-Jones, Portrait Painters, 1950, p.31, repr. pl.126.
Repr: Frank Rutter, Modern Masterpieces, n.d., p.39; Burlington Magazine, LXXXII, 1943, p.143.
One of a number of self-portraits. This was painted in the artist's studio at Ormond House, Richmond, and shows two paintings then in his collection, a nude by Ethel Walker and Tonks's ‘Temptation of Eve’ (two children). A closely related self-portrait of the same size, signed and dated 1926, shows the artist without spectacles and Gwen John's ‘Self-Portrait’ (now in the Tate Gallery, N05366) in place of the Ethel Walker; it is now in the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (repr. Artwork, No.23, 1930, p.151).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I