This portrait of the journalist, Elizabeth Chilver, was produced in the year of her marriage to a senior civil servant named Richard Chilver. It is painted in the realist tradition of the Euston Road School which Claude Rogers founded with Coldstream and Pasmore in 1937. Rogers wrote that it was ‘a commission which… did not come off at the time’. His concern for accuracy is balanced by his delight in the sensuous qualities of paint.
Elizabeth Chilver later became Principal of Bedford College in London and, from 1971, of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
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