(b London, 9 Apr. 1879; d London, 5 Jan. 1972). British painter. One of the leading society portraitists of his day, he had many distinguished friends, among them Somerset Maugham, whose portrait by Graham Sutherland he wittily attacked. From 1949 to 1954 he was president of the Royal Academy; in this position he devoted much of his time to organizing loan exhibitions, and became well known for his appearances in related television programmes.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)