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Roland Penrose

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Roland Penrose, by Sir Roland Algernon Penrose, circa 1948 - NPG 6388 - © estate of Roland Penrose / National Portrait Gallery, London

© estate of Roland Penrose / National Portrait Gallery, London

Roland Penrose

by Sir Roland Algernon Penrose
mixed-media on paper, circa 1948
12 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. (318 x 248 mm)
Purchased, 1997
Primary Collection
NPG 6388


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  • Sir Roland Algernon Penrose (1900-1984), Painter, art collector; WW2 camoufleur and writer on art. Sitter in 15 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.

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  • Sir Roland Algernon Penrose (1900-1984), Painter, art collector; WW2 camoufleur and writer on art. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 15 portraits.

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The artist, writer on art, poet and collector Roland Penrose was also the founder (in 1947) of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and later its president. The friend and biographer of Picasso, Man Ray, Max Ernst and Joan Miró, his own work was exhibited in Paris, London and New York. This self-portrait, which shows the influence of Ernst, incorporates his first name inscribed vertically and mirrored.

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