Rodrigo Moynihan

Portrait Group


Not on display

Rodrigo Moynihan 1910–1990
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 2134 × 3346 mm
frame: 2215 × 3435 × 75 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1952

Display caption

This group portrait was one of 60 paintings for 51 painted for the Arts Council's Festival of Britain exhibition in 1951. It shows the teaching staff of the painting school at London's Royal College of Art. The artist, Rodrigo Moynihan, who was Professor of Painting at the College, appears on the far right.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry


Not inscribed.
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.)

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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