John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes

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John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes, by Gwendolen ('Gwen') Raverat (née Darwin), circa 1908 - NPG 4553 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes

by Gwendolen ('Gwen') Raverat (née Darwin)
pen and ink and watercolour, circa 1908
11 in. x 14 1/2 in. (279 mm x 368 mm)
Given by the sitter's sister, Mrs Margaret Hill, 1967
Primary Collection
NPG 4553


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The most influential figure in twentieth-century economic theory and practice, John Maynard Keynes was the editor of the Economic Journal (1912-45) and the author of The Economic Consequences of the Peace, A Treatise on Money (1930) and the General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. Closely connected with the Bloomsbury group, he married the Russian ballerina, Lydia Lopokova, in 1925. This informal drawing of him reading is thought to show him when he was in his mid-twenties before he had the appendicitis which caused him to gain weight. It is by Gwen Raverat, a childhood friend of the artist, whose sister Margaret married Keynes's brother Geoffrey. Given by the sitter's sister, Mrs Margaret Hill, 1967.

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  • Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 147
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 175
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 175
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 352
  • Spalding, Frances, Insights: The Bloomsbury Group, 2005, p. 74