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Michael Ayrton (1921-1975), Artist

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist of 10 portraits
Artist, writer and broadcaster. Born in London, Ayrton went to Spain during the Civil War. After training in Vienna, and Paris with de Chirico and Tchelitchew, he adopted his mother's name as a professional artist. On leave from the RAF, he designed Geilgud's production of Macbeth, and taught at Camberwell School of Art. In 1943 he became the youngest member of the BBC Brains Trust. From 1944 he was art critic of the Spectator. He collaborated with Lambert on Purcell's Fairy Queen (1946). Encouraged by Giacometti and Moore, he turned to sculpture. He took his themes from classical mythology; his novel The Maze Maker (1968) won the Heinemann Award.

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Michael Ayrton

by Michael Ayrton
pen and ink and wash, 1947
NPG 5537

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Michael Ayrton

by Michael Ayrton
oil and ripolin on board, 1957-1958
NPG 6666

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Michael Ayrton

by Lola Walker (Lola Marsden)
vintage bromide print, 1950
NPG x125620

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Michael Ayrton

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1953
NPG x10127

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Michael Ayrton

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1953
NPG x142

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Michael Ayrton

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1953
NPG x25844

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Michael Ayrton

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1953
NPG x25845

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Michael Ayrton

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1964
NPG x13705