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Herbert Read

© the estate of Patrick Heron. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Heron described the Read 'waving his beautifully elegant poet's hand ever so gently in the air in front of him', the head wobbling from side to side as he talked, 'to give added emphasis'. He saw the hyacinth blues and greens as expressive of the quality of innocence in the sitter.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

1950

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 76.2 x W 63.5 cm

Accession number

4654

Acquisition method

Given by Dame Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, 1968

Work type

Painting


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