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John Randall Bratby (1928-1992), Painter and writer; Editor-in-chief of Art Quarterly

Sitter in 24 portraits
Artist of 3 portraits
Bratby studied at the Royal College of Art (1951-54), and it was for his generation of RCA students that David Sylvester coined the phrase 'Kitchen Sink', to describe the realism of their art. In 1956 he was included in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and in 1957 won first prize in the Junior Section of the John Moores Liverpool exhibition. Bratby’s vigorous realism with its debt to Van Gogh and Soutine went out of fashion in a time of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art in the 60s, during which he wrote the semi-autobiographical Breakdown (1960). In the 1970s he made it his task to paint portraits of 'names', from tycoons and businessmen to television stars. He became a Royal Academician in 1971.

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P797(7)

John Randall Bratby

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print
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x31628

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1959
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x88616

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
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John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
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John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
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John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x88619

x88620

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
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John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
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x88622

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
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John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
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x88624

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x88624

x13710

John Randall Bratby

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1963
NPG x13710

x165498

John Randall Bratby

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 1 May 1969
NPG x165498

x165499

John Randall Bratby

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 1 May 1969
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x165500

John Randall Bratby

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 1 May 1969
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x34123

John Randall Bratby

by Bob Collins
bromide fibre print, 1971
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x13404

John Randall Bratby

by Paul Joyce
bromide print on card mount, July 1975
NPG x13404