1 of 6 portraits of Roald Dahl
by Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith
oil on canvas, circa 1944
40 1/8 in. x 26 1/4 in. (1020 mm x 668 mm)
Lent by The Dahl Family, 2013
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Artistback to top
- Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith (1879-1959), Painter. Artist of 4 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait shows Dahl as a young RAF pilot during World War II. It was painted in two or three sittings, during which Smith worked with 'frenzied activity'. The portrait resulted from Dahl's admiration for the artist, whose work he had seen in a London gallery. Dahl tracked the artist to his lodgings and made a powerful impression on Smith, who was living reclusively and grieving for his two sons, Mark and Dermot, both of whom had recently lost their lives in the RAF. The artist and writer became lifelong friends.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits by Matthew Smith and Frank Dobson (5 August 2014 - 6 April 2015)
Exhibitions and displays
- Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift
Until 24 January 2016