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Patrick Heron (1920-1999), Painter and art critic

Sitter in 11 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Heron was born in Leeds, but spent much of his childhood in Cornwall. In the late 1930s he studied part-time at the Slade School of Art in London. In 1956 he bought Eagles Nest, a home in Zennor, Cornwall, where his family had lived for a time in the late 1920s. The house and its surroundings became a centre for artists and writers in St Ives and central to all of Heron's work. In 1945 and 1946 Heron wrote reviews for the New English Weekly, and was art critic for the New Statesman and Nation (1947-54). Among his most influential written works is The Changing Forms of Art, published in 1955, the year in which his work became predominantly abstract.

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4467

T.S. Eliot

by Patrick Heron
oil on canvas, 1949
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4467

4654

Herbert Read

by Patrick Heron
oil on canvas, 1950
On display in Room 42 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4654

6540

Patrick Heron

by Patrick Heron
oil on canvas, 1951
NPG 6540

6414a

A.S. Byatt

by Patrick Heron
charcoal, 1995
NPG 6414a