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B.A.R. 'Sam' Carter was for many years associated with the group of artists, led by William Coldstream, which emerged from the Euston Road School in the 1930s. Later, he taught at Camberwell and the Slade Schools of Art. He is especially known for his teaching of perspective, and in 1975 he was appointed Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy. Like other Euston Road artists, he has painted still life and landscape, but the studio nude has been a particularly consistent theme. Carter worked slowly and, after eight four-hour sessions, this work remained unfinished. He was nonetheless persuaded to send it to the Royal Academy and was surprised when it was purchased and given to the Tate Gallery.

September 2004