T00527 PROFESSOR CAREL WEIGHT, C.B.E., A.R.A. 1961
Oil on hardboard, 56 3/4×45 3/4 (144×116).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1962.
Exh: R.A., 1962 (126).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1962, p.14.
Painted in the summer of 1961, this was not a commissioned portrait. The background is one of the painting studios at the Royal College of Art, where the sitter has been Professor of Painting since 1957. Also in the background is David Hockney, then in his last year at the college and on the easel is one of his paintings, probably ‘A Grand Procession of Dignitaries in the Semi-Egyptian Style’ (information from Mrs Ruskin Spear, 7 September 1962).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II