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Ben Nicholson

3 of 6 portraits of Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson, by Humphrey Spender, circa 1935 - NPG P42 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Ben Nicholson

by Humphrey Spender
bromide print, circa 1935
8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (203 mm x 162 mm)
Purchased, 1977
Primary Collection

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Sitterback to top

  • Ben Nicholson (1894-1982), Artist; son of Sir William Nicholson. Sitter in 6 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.

Artistback to top

  • Humphrey Spender (1910-2005), Photographer, artist and designer. Artist of 15 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Spender accepted the commission to photograph Nicholson for Harper's Bazaar as it meant both meeting him, and visiting the Mall Studios in Hampstead. Spender was determined to attempt 'something different' and arrived with lights and tripods. 'Nicholson was quite a vain man and appreciated the trouble being taken' recalled Spender.

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  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 217
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 459

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