T03830 Study for ‘Ambassador Ivan Maisky’ 1942
Coloured pencil on paper 14 × 10 (355 × 253)
Presented by Mrs Olda Kokoschka 1984
Exh: Oskar Kokoschka 1886–1980, Tate Gallery, June–August 1986, Kunsthaus, Zürich, September–November 1986, Guggenheim Museum, New York, December–February 1987 (209, repr. in col.)
Lit: As for T03829
These two studies [T03829 and T03830] are for the Tate Gallery's portrait of Ivan Maisky 1942–3 (N05432). Ivan Mikhailovich Maisky (1884–1975) was Soviet Ambassador to London for eleven years from 1932 until 1943.
There were about thirty sittings for the portrait; these took place in Maisky's study at the Soviet Embassy, 13 Kensington Palace Gardens. The first sitting was on 19 March 1942, during which Maisky read The Times…