N06079 PORTRAIT GROUP 1951
Canvas, 84×131 3/4 (214×334·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1952.
Exh: Arts Council, 60 Paintings for '51, R.B.A. Galleries and tour, 1951 (38, repr. pl.16); R.A., 1953 (214), as ‘The Teaching Staff of the Painting School, Royal College of Art’.
Lit: A. D. B. Sylvester, ‘Big Pictures for the Festival’ in Burlington Magazine, XCIII, 1951, p.329.
Repr: Studio, CXLII, 1951, p.46; Sir John Rothenstein, British Art since 1900, 1962, pl.61.
Painted for the Arts Council's 1951 exhibition. The picture shows the teaching staff of the painting school of the Royal College of Art (from l. to r., John Minton, Colin Hayes, Carel Weight, Rodney Burn, Robert Buhler, Charles Mahoney, Kenneth Rowntree, Ruskin Spear and Rodrigo Moynihan himself) but was painted as a figure composition rather than as a commemorative portrait. The portrait of Moynihan was laid in by Buhler: ‘I asked Buhler to paint me as it was difficult to get certain proportions - but I am certain it is mostly repainted by me. I think his original version was when I still had a beard!’ (Letter from the artist of 29 September 1959.)
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