Julian Bream

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Julian Bream, by Michael R. Taylor, 1984 - NPG 5747 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Julian Bream

by Michael R. Taylor
oil on canvas, 1984
41 3/4 in. x 36 1/8 in. (1062 mm x 917 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, John Player Portrait Award, 1983, 1984
Primary Collection
NPG 5747


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  • Julian Bream (1933-), Guitarist and lutenist. Sitter in 5 portraits.

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The guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream, who has done much to encourage the revival of Elizabethan lute music, was painted by Michael Taylor after winning the John Player Portrait Award in 1983. Bream is portrayed at home in Dorset playing the guitar. Taylor, whose portraits have a hyper-realistic intensity and often include disturbing effects of distorted perspective, revels in the curvaceous form of the instrument and the case with its emerald green lining. Commissioned by the Trustees as part of the first prize, John Player Portrait Award 1983.

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