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Glenda Jackson

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Glenda Jackson, by Glenys Barton, 1993 - NPG 6224 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Glenda Jackson

by Glenys Barton
ceramic sculpture, 1993
15 3/4 in. (400 mm) high
Commissioned, 1993
Primary Collection
NPG 6224


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  • Glenys Barton (1944-). Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Glenys Barton, a sculptor in ceramic, has herself written of this piece: 'The double portrait depicts the actress and the politician. My most vivid memory of Glenda in the sixties was as Gudrun in Women in Love. As a romantic would-be young artist I identified with the character of Gudrun, a sculptor herself, in the film. From then on I was always interested in Glenda's career and, inclined towards the left politically myself, was even more impressed when she became a Labour MP.' The two heads of Jackson, the younger as Gudrun Brangwen in Women in Love, are an effective way of conveying the contrast between public and private and between the actress and the politician.

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