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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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Dylan Thomas, by Michael Ayrton - NPG 4089

Dylan Thomas

by Michael Ayrton
charcoal, 1947
NPG 4089

Michael Ayrton, by Michael Ayrton - NPG 5537

Michael Ayrton

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

Norman Douglas, by Michael Ayrton - NPG 4146

Norman Douglas

by Michael Ayrton
ink and wash, 1948
NPG 4146

Sir William Turner Walton, by Michael Ayrton - NPG 5138

Sir William Turner Walton

by Michael Ayrton
oil on canvas, 1948
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5138

Wyndham Lewis, by Michael Ayrton - NPG 6067

Wyndham Lewis

by Michael Ayrton
charcoal, 1955
NPG 6067

Wyndham Lewis, by Michael Ayrton - NPG 5995

Wyndham Lewis

by Michael Ayrton
conté, 1955
NPG 5995

Michael Ayrton, by Michael Ayrton - NPG 6666

Michael Ayrton

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

Sir William Gerald Golding, by Michael Ayrton - NPG 5536

Sir William Gerald Golding

by Michael Ayrton
pen and ink and wash, 1965
NPG 5536

Humphrey Searle, by Michael Ayrton - NPG 6599

Humphrey Searle

by Michael Ayrton
pencil, 1965
NPG 6599

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