Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark

1 portrait on display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery

Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark, by Graham Vivian Sutherland, 1963-1964 - NPG 5243 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark

by Graham Vivian Sutherland
oil on canvas, 1963-1964
21 1/2 in. x 18 in. (546 mm x 457 mm)
Purchased, 1979
Primary Collection
NPG 5243

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Graham Sutherland, who was an old friend of Kenneth Clark and owed much to his support, has caught his arrogant character well. Clark retreated from his wealthy, business background, as the son of a Scottish textile magnate, into the world of the arts and became an extraordinarily dominant figure. Director of the National Gallery at the age of thirty-one, he spent the 1950s as Chairman of the Arts Council and of the Independent Television Authority. At the time this portrait was painted, in the early 1960s - sittings took place in the garden of Sutherland's house at Trottiscliffe in Kent between February 1962 and December 1964 - Clark was a Trustee of the British Museum, on the Advisory Council of the Victoria and Albert Museum and had recently been Slade Professor at Oxford.

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  • NPG 5244: Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark (study)

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  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 210
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 210
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 126
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 37

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