James Ivory

1 portrait

James Ivory, by Don Bachardy, 1996 - NPG 6372 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

James Ivory

by Don Bachardy
acrylic with wash, 1996
29 7/8 in. x 22 1/8 in. (759 mm x 562 mm)
Commissioned, 1996
Primary Collection
NPG 6372


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  • Don Bachardy (1934-), Artist. Artist of 9 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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These portraits, commissioned to commemorate the thirty fifth anniversary of Merchant Ivory Productions, were painted in James Ivory's upstate New York home over one weekend. The artist, who had known his sitters for many years, did three verisons of each portrait. Ivory said of the experience: 'I got mesmerised by sitting. It's like early photography - you're afraid to move, as you think you'll disturb what he's doing. It's like being under hypnosis'.

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