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Mervyn Laurence Peake (1911-1968), Artist and writer

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 1 portrait
Writer, artist and theatrical designer. Peake's trademark in both his painting and writing is a whimsical streak of fantasy tinged with the macabre. In 1946 he was sent to Germany and made drawings at Belsen which profoundly influenced his later work. His posthumous reputation rests mainly on his Titus trilogy - Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1950) and Titus Alone (1959).

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Mervyn Laurence Peake

by Mervyn Laurence Peake
oil on canvas, 1932
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L191