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
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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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Exhibitions and displays
- Patrick Heron: Studies for a portrait of T.S. Eliot
Until 22 September
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On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery