Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

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Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, by Roger Fry, circa 1923 - NPG 4832 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

by Roger Fry
oil on canvas, circa 1923
21 1/4 in. x 17 3/4 in. (540 mm x 451 mm)
Purchased, 1970
Primary Collection
NPG 4832


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  • Roger Fry (1866-1934), Critic and painter. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter in 17 portraits.

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Subdued in palette and the handling of paint, Fry's portrait is notable for its clarity, directness and understatement. These qualities seem appropriate for a likeness of a philosopher who admired the 'supreme beauty' of mathematics - 'cold and austere'.

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