Peter Greenham

Lady Bonham Carter

1978

Artist
Peter Greenham 1909–1992
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 914 x 711 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1992
Reference
T06656

Not on display

Display caption

Lady (Charlotte) Bonham Carter, née Wickham (1893-1989) was an indefatigable lover of the arts and a generous patron. In the First World War she served in the War Office. In the Second, having qualified as a pilot, she was a photographic interpreter with the RAF. She also served in local government. This portrait, commissioned by a group of her friends, came to the Tate by her wish. She is shown wearing a gown designed by Fortuny, which she bought from him in Venice in 1922. The sittings were in Greenham's studio at the Royal Academy, where he was Keeper. A second portrait is in Southampton Art Gallery.

Gallery label, August 2004

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