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Maggi Hambling

1 of 13 portraits of Maggi Hambling

Maggi Hambling, by Maggi Hambling, 1977-1978 - NPG 6562 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Maggi Hambling

by Maggi Hambling
oil on canvas, 1977-1978
59 7/8 in. x 68 7/8 in. (1520 mm x 1750 mm)
Given by Imperial Tobacco Ltd., 1992
Primary Collection
NPG 6562


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  • Maggi Hambling (1945-), Painter. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist of 8 portraits.

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  • Maggi Hambling (1945-), Painter. Artist of 8 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.

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Maggi Hambling studied at Camberwell (1964-7), with Cedric Morris and Lett Haines, and at the Slade (1967-9). She was the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in 1980-1 and is known for her expressive response to her sitters and to the natural world. In this self-portrait, the artist has painted herself with three arms to hold her three essentials of life: a cigarette, a drink and a paintbrush. All of the items in the portrait have a personal significance to the artist who painted the portrait when her love life was 'in a muddle': spiritually she was in love with the person who made the teapot, physically she was in love with the person we glimpse in the lower right hand corner of the unprimed canvas.

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