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Feliks Topolski (1907-1989), Artist
Sitter in 15 portraits
Artist of 12 portraits
Artist and stage designer. Born in Poland, Topolski studied at the Warsaw Academy of Art (1927-32) before moving to London in 1935. His graphic style made his work well suited to use as illustrations, and during the Second World War his reputation in Britain as a gifted draughtsman saw him appointed as an official war artist. Topolski painted a mural for the Festival of Britain in 1951. His paintings include The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and twenty portraits of literary figures (1961-2). In 1975 he began his vast panorama Memoir of the Century, a mural under the arches of Hungerford Bridge, London, where he had his postwar studio.
by Elsbeth R. Juda
modern bromide print, 1951
On display in Room 42 at the National Portrait Gallery