by Maggi Hambling
60 1/4 in. x 40 in. (1530 mm x 1016 mm)
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Tall, gangling and mildly effete, Stephen Fry has been the subject of innumerable portrait drawings by Maggi Hambling, many of which concentrate not on his face but on his gait. This portrait of his face half-crumpled by neurotic anxiety was preferred to her finished painting of him. It was acquired by the Trustees on the afternoon of the day that Fry disappeared from public view, halfway through the run of an unsuccessful production of Simon Gray's play Cell Mates.