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Sir Lawrence Gowing (1918-1991), Painter and art historian

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 3 portraits
Artist and art historian; son of a London draper. In 1936 Gowing became the pupil of the painter William Coldstream, founder of the influential Euston Road School, and in the same year, sold a self-portrait to Kenneth Clark, then director of the National Gallery. In 1952 he established his reputation as an art historian with his book on the Dutch artist Vermeer. Gowing became the keeper of British Collections and Deputy Director of the Tate Gallery in 1965, where he organised several major exhibitions, whilst continuing to paint. He made the television series Three Painters in the 1980s.

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5542

Sir Lawrence Gowing

by Rodrigo Moynihan
oil on canvas, 1938
NPG 5542

P797(16)

Sir Lawrence Gowing

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print, 30 June 1964
NPG P797(16)

5266

Sir Lawrence Gowing

by Rodrigo Moynihan
oil on canvas, 1979
NPG 5266

x89475

Sir Lawrence Gowing

by Elliott & Fry
vintage print, 5 July 1952
NPG x89475

x182155

Sir Lawrence Gowing

by Elliott & Fry
quarter-plate glass negative, 5 July 1952
NPG x182155