Stephen Fry

1 portrait on display in Room 40 at the National Portrait Gallery

Stephen Fry, by Maggi Hambling, 1993 - NPG 6323 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Stephen Fry

by Maggi Hambling
charcoal, 1993
60 1/4 in. x 40 in. (1530 mm x 1016 mm)
Purchased, 1995
Primary Collection
NPG 6323

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  • Maggi Hambling (1945-), Painter. Artist of 8 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.

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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.

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