John Banting

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John Banting, by Humphrey Spender, 1930s - NPG x14265 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Banting

by Humphrey Spender
bromide print, 1930s
4 3/4 in. x 3 5/8 in. (120 mm x 91 mm)
Purchased, 1981
Photographs Collection
NPG x14265


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  • John Banting (1902-1972), Painter. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist associated with 7 portraits.

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  • Humphrey Spender (1910-2005), Photographer, artist and designer. Artist of 15 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Humphrey Spender first met John Banting at the home of Rosamond Lehmann whereupon they became close friends. In this portrait, one of a series of playful collaborations between Banting and Spender, the wire violin was in fact an armature made for a floral arrangement, taken from a war memorial. Spender recalls that, 'John got hysterically abusive about war memorials. He would make off with the flowers and was arrested for stealing geraniums and jailed for three days, which he found a very interesting experience.'

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