John Hurt

1 portrait

John Hurt, by Stuart Pearson Wright, 2000 - NPG 6541 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Hurt

by Stuart Pearson Wright
oil on gesso on oak panel, 2000
4 3/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. (110 mm x 96 mm)
Purchased, 2000
Primary Collection
NPG 6541


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  • John Hurt (1940-), Actor. Sitter in 11 portraits.

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Pearson Wright approached Hurt while he was walking in Soho and invited him to sit for him while the actor was appearing on stage in Samuel Beckett's play, Krapp's Last Tape. Of the impromptu suggestion by the artist Hurt has commented 'somehow he just seemed right'. The portrait was made during several sittings in John Hurt's rooms in Covent Garden; it was short listed in the Garrick/Milne Portrait Prize in 2000.

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