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Duncan Grant

(1885-1978), Artist

Sitter associated with 29 portraits
Artist of 9 portraits
Painter and decorative artist. Grant studied at Westminster School of Art and in Paris with Jacques-Emile Blanche. In 1909 he shared rooms in Fitzroy Square with Maynard Keynes, and struck up a close friendship with his neighbours Virginia Stephen (later Woolf) and her brother Adrian. These connections provided Grant's entry to the Bloomsbury circle. Profoundly influenced by Roger Fry's two Post-Impressionist exhibitions in 1910 and 1912-13, he gravitated away from realistic depiction, experimenting increasingly with a non-literal use of colour. Grant was a co-director of Fry's Omega Workshop and was celebrated for his designs for decorative schemes and textiles.

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Duncan Grant, by Duncan Grant - NPG 5131

Duncan Grant

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, circa 1909
NPG 5131

George Leigh Mallory, by Duncan Grant - NPG 5802

George Leigh Mallory

by Duncan Grant
oil on panel, 1912
NPG 5802

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), by Duncan Grant - NPG 5541

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, 1917
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5541

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), by Duncan Grant - NPG 4331

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, circa 1918
NPG 4331

E.M. Forster, by Duncan Grant - NPG 5494

E.M. Forster

by Duncan Grant
pencil, 1919
NPG 5494

Sir Desmond MacCarthy, by Duncan Grant - NPG 4468

Sir Desmond MacCarthy

by Duncan Grant
pencil, circa 1938
NPG 4468

Lydia Lopokova, by Duncan Grant - NPG 6004

Lydia Lopokova

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, feigned oval, early 1940s
NPG 6004

Sir Desmond MacCarthy, by Duncan Grant - NPG 5024

Sir Desmond MacCarthy

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, circa 1942
NPG 5024

Sir Desmond MacCarthy, by Duncan Grant - NPG 4842

Sir Desmond MacCarthy

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, 1944
NPG 4842

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