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A.S. Byatt

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A.S. Byatt

by Patrick Heron
charcoal, 1995
19 3/4 in. x 13 3/4 in. (501 mm x 350 mm)
Commissioned, 1998
Primary Collection
NPG 6414a

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  • Patrick Heron (1920-1999), Painter and art critic. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.

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Painted in his St. Ives studio, Heron's distinction as a leading abstract artist was relevant to the sitter's wishes: 'What I wanted was the presence of the idea of me'. Byatt described the portrait as 'a picture of what I really feel like when I am working at full speed. It is a portrait of somebody who might conceivably write a book.'

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 6414: A.S. Byatt (Portrait of A S Byatt : Red, Yellow, Green and Blue : 24 September 1997) (finished work)
  • NPG x87732: A.S. Byatt; Patrick Heron (includes the portrait)

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