© National Portrait Gallery, London
John Robert Fowles
by Tomas Watson Click on the links below to find out more
oil on linen, 2001
28 in. x 24 1/8 in. (712 mm x 614 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, BP Portrait Award, 1998, 2001
This portrait was painted in a flat owned by the sitter and his wife near their home in Lyme Regis. The artist, who lived in Greece, stayed in the flat where he had 13 sittings and worked for over 100 hours on the portrait. Fowles sat looking out of the window at the Cobb, an important location in The French Lieutenant's Woman.
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