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J. K. Rowling

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The artist began this portrait of J. K. Rowling in early 2004, when he paid several visits to the writer's Scottish home. Pearson Wright observed his subject, made sketches, sometimes while the author was at work, and took photographs for reference. Rowling is seated at a table, suggestive of the setting where the author famously wrote her first novel and where she occasionally still writes. The narrative alludes to Rowling's public and private self both as a writer, who has made an enormous impact on children's imaginations the world over, and as a mother – the eggs represent her own three children.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

2005

Medium

oil on board construction with coloured pencil on paper

Measurements

H 97.2 x W 72 cm

Accession number

6723

Acquisition method

Commissioned as part of the First Prize, BP Portrait Award, 2001, 2005

Work type

Painting


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