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John Galsworthy (1867–1933)

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In this portrait we see John Galsworthy sitting in profile in an armchair, writing in what is possibly a journal or notebook. John Galsworthy was the noted writer of the 'Forsyte Saga' and won the
Nobel Prize for Literature in 1932. He married Ada Pearson in 1905 after she had been rather unhappily married to his cousin. He died in January 1933 from a brain tumour.

The artist in this case, Rudolf Sauter, was the nephew of Galsworthy and the son of noted Bavarian painter, Georg Sauter.

University of Birmingham





oil on canvas


H 71.1 x W 58.4 cm

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bequeathed by the artist, 1977

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