George Leigh Mallory
George Leigh Mallory
by Duncan Grant
oil on panel, 1912
30 1/2 in. x 20 7/8 in. (775 mm x 530 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1985
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Artistback to top
- Duncan Grant (1885-1978), Artist. Artist of 9 portraits, Sitter associated with 29 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Duncan Grant's sensual portrait of the mountaineer George Leigh Mallory reverberates with desire. While the extent of their relationship is not clear, Grant produced a series of erotically-charged portraits of his friend. Despite his forthcoming marriage, Mallory was ambivalent, promising
that he would not 'desert the ranks of the fashionable homosexualists' being 'still in part of that persuasion'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Gibson, Robin; Clerk, Honor, 20th Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1993, p. 5
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 148
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 407
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Exposed: The Naked Portrait (9 January 2016 - 11 September 2016)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1912back to top
Current affairsThe Royal Flying Corps is established. During the Great War, planes and balloons were used mainly for reconnaissance and observation before technological advances made them fast enough and manoeuvrable enough to attack enemy positions and fight in the air. Arthur (Bomber) Harris won distinction as a pilot destroying five enemy aircraft in the war. In the Second World War he became Marshal of the Royal Air Force.
Art and scienceGeorge Bernard Shaw writes Pygmalion. Charles Babbage's invents the Analytic Machine. Considered to be the forerunner to the modern computer, the machine was able to make automatic mathematical calculations. Edward Bulwer-Lytton publishes his hugely popular, but now largely neglected, novel Last Days of Pompeii, set in the Italian city at the time of Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79AD.
InternationalScott leads the British Expedition to the South Pole reaching it in January 1912 only to discover that the rival Norwegian party had beaten them by a month. All members of Scott's team perished on the return journey. Captain Oates' famous last words were immortalised in Scott's diary: 'I am just going outside and may be some time.'The 'unsinkable' Titanic strikes an iceberg and goes down on its maiden journey between Southampton and New York.
See this portrait
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
Exhibitions and displays
- Exposed: The Naked Portrait
Until 11 September