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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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John Randall Bratby, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P797(7)

John Randall Bratby

by Lord Snowdon
bromide print
NPG P797(7)

John Randall Bratby, by Ida Kar - NPG x31628

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1959
NPG x31628

John Randall Bratby, by Ida Kar - NPG x88616

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x88616

John Randall Bratby, by Ida Kar - NPG x88617

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x88617

John Randall Bratby, by Ida Kar - NPG x88618

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x88618

John Randall Bratby, by Ida Kar - NPG x88619

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x88619

John Randall Bratby, by Ida Kar - NPG x88620

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x88620

John Randall Bratby, by Ida Kar - NPG x88621

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x88621

John Randall Bratby, by Ida Kar - NPG x88622

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x88622

John Randall Bratby, by Ida Kar - NPG x88623

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x88623

John Randall Bratby, by Ida Kar - NPG x88624

John Randall Bratby

by Ida Kar
vintage bromide print, 1959
NPG x88624

John Randall Bratby, by Nicolo Vogel - NPG x4278

John Randall Bratby

by Nicolo Vogel
bromide print
NPG x4278

John Randall Bratby, by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski - NPG x13710

John Randall Bratby

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

John Randall Bratby, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165498

John Randall Bratby

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 1 May 1969
NPG x165498

John Randall Bratby, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165499

John Randall Bratby

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 1 May 1969
NPG x165499

John Randall Bratby, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165500

John Randall Bratby

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 1 May 1969
NPG x165500

John Randall Bratby, by Bob Collins - NPG x34123

John Randall Bratby

by Bob Collins
bromide fibre print, 1971
NPG x34123

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23 August 2015, 22:39

The painter Jean Cooke was the artist's first wife: their son together David, also appears in a family portrait.

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