Herbert Read

1 portrait

Herbert Read, by Patrick Heron, 1950 - NPG 4654 - © The estate of Patrick Heron. All Rights Reserved, DACS, 2013

© The estate of Patrick Heron. All Rights Reserved, DACS, 2013

Herbert Read

by Patrick Heron
oil on canvas, 1950
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Given by Dame Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, 1968
Primary Collection
NPG 4654


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  • Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968), Critic, poet and writer on art. Sitter in 17 portraits.

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  • Patrick Heron (1920-1999), Painter and art critic. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.

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Heron described the Read 'waving his beautifully elegant poet's hand ever so gently in the air in front of him', the head wobbling from side to side as he talked, 'to give added emphasis'. He saw the hyacinth blues and greens as expressive of the quality of innocence in the sitter.

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