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Iris Murdoch

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Iris Murdoch, by Tom Phillips, 1984-1986 - NPG 5921 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Iris Murdoch

by Tom Phillips
oil on canvas, 1984-1986
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
Commissioned, 1987
Primary Collection
NPG 5921


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

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The portrait was painted in the artist's London studio. In the background is a detail from Titian's Flaying of Marsyas, a painting exhibited at the Royal Academy at the time artist and sitter met and the subject of conversations between them. Phillips described Murdoch as 'a luminous presence…an electric light-bulb in that gloomy corner, glowing, casting out darkness'.

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  • Audio Guide
  • Gibson, Robin; Clerk, Honor, 20th Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1993, p. 7
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 222
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 222
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 449
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 190

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