Augustus John OM

Lord David Cecil

1935

Artist
Augustus John OM 1878–1961
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 921 x 718 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1935
Reference
N04819

Not on display

Catalogue entry

N04819 LORD DAVID CECIL, C. H. 1935
 
Not inscribed.
Canvas, 36 1/4×28 1/4 (92×72).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1935.
Exh: R.A., 1935 (194).
Repr: John Russell, British Portrait Painters, 1944, facing p.40 (in colour); John O'London's Weekly, LX, 23 November 1951, p.775.

Lord David Cecil (b. 1902) has been Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature in Oxford since 1948.

John made no preliminary sketch for this portrait although he made drawings of Lord David Cecil after this picture was painted. An unfinished portrait of the same sitter also dating from 1935 was sold at Christie's, 20 July 1962 (170, repr.).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I