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Gerald Brenan

1 of 3 portraits of Gerald Brenan

Gerald Brenan, by Dora Carrington, 1921 - NPG 5197 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Gerald Brenan

by Dora Carrington
oil on canvas, 1921
19 1/2 in. x 16 in. (495 mm x 406 mm)
Given by John Wolfers, 1978
Primary Collection
NPG 5197


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  • Gerald Brenan (1894-1987), Writer and Hispanic scholar. Sitter in 3 portraits.

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  • Dora Carrington (1893-1932), Artist. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter associated with 17 portraits.

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In April 1920, while Brenan was living in Spain at Yegan, a primitive village on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, he was visited by Partridge, Carrington and Strachey. Carrington fell in love with Brenan and, after her marriage to Partridge, maintained a secret correspondence. Brenan visited England in the summer of 1921 and the portrait dates from the time of his affair with the artist.

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