Samuel Beckett

1 portrait

Samuel Beckett, by Tom Phillips, 1984 - NPG 6467 - © Tom Phillips. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

© Tom Phillips. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

Samuel Beckett

by Tom Phillips
coloured lithograph, 1984
27 7/8 in. x 16 7/8 in. (708 mm x 428 mm)
Purchased, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG 6467


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  • Tom Phillips (1937-), Artist. Artist of 22 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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Tom Phillips's portrait of Beckett shows him towards the end of his life, during a rehearsal for Waiting for Godot, the Irish playwright's best known work. Expressing his stark view of the human condition, the play was first performed in Paris in 1953 and London in 1955. The line 'No matter try again fail again fail better' is from Beckett's Worstword Ho.

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