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Sir Roy Strong

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Sir Roy Strong, by Bryan Organ, 1971 - NPG 5289 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Roy Strong

by Bryan Organ
oil on canvas, 1971
69 7/8 in. x 69 7/8 in. (1775 mm x 1775 mm)
Purchased, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5289

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  • Sir Roy Strong (1935-), Art historian and museum director; Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter associated with 21 portraits.

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  • Bryan Organ (1935-), Painter. Artist of 15 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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Sir Roy Strong became the assistant keeper of the National Portrait Gallery in 1959 and in 1967, when still in his early thirties, its director. As an art historian he specialises in Tudor and Jacobean painting and is shown in this portrait standing before one of the treasures of the Gallery's collection, The Somerset House Conference, 1604. Strong recorded his time as director of the Gallery and of the Victoria and Albert Museum (1974-87), in his Diaries which were published in 1997. A prolific author, historian and critic, he is also an expert on gardening.

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  • NPG 665: The Somerset House Conference, 1604 (appears within the portrait)

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