3 of 10 portraits of Marie Stopes
by Sir Gerald Kelly
oil on canvas, 1953
28 1/2 in. x 33 3/4 in. (724 mm x 857 mm)
Bequeathed by Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes, 1959
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Sitterback to top
- Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes (1880-1958), Palaeobotanist and pioneer and advocate of birth control. Sitter in 10 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Gerald Kelly (1879-1972), Painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 27 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Marie Stopes commissioned this portrait of herself from Sir Gerald Kelly whose work she greatly admired. She is depicted in her academic gowns of University College, London. The artist Sir Gerald Kelly pronounced the portrait 'strikingly like her'. He greatly admired Stopes, describing her as the 'most remarkable woman, whose fame will outlive so many'.
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- Audio Guide
- Birkett, Dea; Morris, Jan (foreword), Off the Beaten Track: Three Centuries of Women Travellers, 2004 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 7 July to 31 October 2004), p. 86
- Hart-Davis, Adam, Chain Reactions, 2000, p. 147
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 592