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© the estate of R. B. Kitaj. Photo credit: Lakeland Arts

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Although he was born in America, Kitaj built his career in Britain after studying at the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford on a GI scholarship in 1958. He entered the Royal College of Art in the early 1960s, where he formed a close relationship with fellow student David Hockney, and influenced a generation of younger artists later associated with the Pop Art movement in Britain. He was also a central figure in the revival of interest in figurative painting in Britain in the 1970s.

This recent painting is a posthumous portrait of the American poet, Laura (Riding) Jackson, who died in 1991.

Abbot Hall





oil on canvas


H 30.5 x W 30.5 cm

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purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends, Patrons and Benefactors of the Lakeland Arts Trust, and private donations, 2007

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Abbot Hall

Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL England

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