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Graham Sutherland with his portrait of Somerset Maugham

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Graham Sutherland with his portrait of Somerset Maugham, by Cecil Beaton, 1949 - NPG x14213 - © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

© Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

Graham Sutherland with his portrait of Somerset Maugham

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print mounted on white card, 1949
9 1/4 in. x 8 1/4 in. (236 mm x 208 mm)
Given by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1968
Photographs Collection
NPG x14213


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  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1087 portraits, Sitter associated with 350 portraits.

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Beaton photographed Sutherland whilst he was at work on his memorable portrait of Somerset Maugham (1949, Tate Gallery collection). The portrait of Maugham was Sutherland's first and followed a meeting at St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Côte d'Azur. Maugham gave Sutherland about ten sittings, and Sutherland worked on the painting whilst away from the model. The portrait that Maugham called ' magnificent' established Sutherland's reputation for portrait painting.

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