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This portrait was painted around the time Manson started working at the Tate. He eventually became Director of the Tate Gallery from 1930 until 1938. He stands in front of a painting wearing a casual jacket, and smoking a pipe.

Manson served as secretary for the Camden Town Group in 1910, and the bright colours and textured brushwork of this portrait reflect the influence of the artists who he associated with, including Spencer Gore and Walter Sickert.

September 2004