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The self portrait shows a handsome face ruggedly worn beyond its 45 years.
De Rose’s mother was British, his father of Russian descent. He studied at Accrington School of Art, and won a textile scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1939, but was called up into the Royal Engineers at the outbreak of war. From 1946–1950, he studied at the RCA. He taught at art colleges. In one portrait of Mick Jagger, the rock singer is reduced to beautiful isolation in a small corner of the picture.
De Rose also painted Trevor Howard, Claire Bloom, the Duke of Bedford, Morecambe and Wise, Sammy Davis Junior and Vladimir Nabokov. He has been recalled as ‘a small man with red hair and a stutter... a convivial member of the Chelsea Arts Club, a skilled amateur magician and in his youth a formidable boxer’.
oil on board
H 51 x W 41 cm
acquired by Ruth Borchard as part of the original collection