Maggi HamblingMax Wall and his Image 1981

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Maggi Hambling (born 1945)
Max Wall and his Image
Date 1981
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1677 x 1219 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1983
Not on display

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T03542 Max Wall and his Image 1981

Oil on canvas 66 × 48 (1677 × 1219)
Inscribed ‘Hambling/1981’ on reverse
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1983
Exh: Max Wall. Pictures by Maggi Hambling, National Portrait Gallery March–May 1983, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, May–June 1983, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, September–October 1983 (1, repr. in National Portrait Gallery catalogue); The Hard-Won Image, Tate Gallery, July–September 1984 (66, repr.); Artist and Model, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, May–July 1986 (19, repr.)
Lit: Maggi and Max, Channel 4, 27 March 1983, directed by Judy Marle

The actor Max Wall was born in London in 1908. He has been well-known for many years as a music-hall entertainer; his performances include Jarry's ‘Ubu Roi’ at the Royal Court, Beckett's ‘Krapp's Last Tape’ at Greenwich Theatre and Riverside Studios, and the BBC and Roundhouse productions of ‘Waiting for Godot’. Extensive biographical notes on Max Wall are given in the catalogue of Maggi Hambling's Max Wall exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (cited above) pp.32–3… (read more)

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