Leslie Hurry 1909–1978
Medium Oil paint, ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 910 x 706 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Hurry Armour Trust 1991
Not on display
In this self-portrait Hurry presents himself as a romantic Hamlet-like figure in a fictitious world. The two entwined naked figures behind him contrast with the more mundane objects in the foreground, including a book and bowl of fruit.
In 1942 Hurry had received great critical acclaim for his designs for the sets and costumes for Robert Helpmann’s ballet Hamlet, performed at Sadler’s Wells. This was the start of a distinguished association with the theatre, clearly reflected in this painting.
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