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Arthur Gathercole, Vagrant

© the artist. Photo credit: Girton College, University of Cambridge

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The artist explains: 'Arthur was a familiar figure in the streets near my studio in Battersea in south London, which is how I got to know him. Usually he was pushing a supermarket trolley full of old dressing-up clothes. Sometimes he’d be wearing a Santa Claus outfit and blowing a bugle. I button-holed him and asked if l could paint his picture. We got to know each other as I painted several pictures of him.

Girton College, University of Cambridge


  • Date

    1997 (?)

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    58 x 41 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    on loan from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters


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Girton College, University of Cambridge

Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0JG England

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