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Edwin Smith

1 of 2 portraits of Edwin Smith

Edwin Smith, by Olive Muriel Cook, circa 1954 - NPG 6657 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Edwin Smith

by Olive Muriel Cook
oil on board, circa 1954
42 in. x 30 1/8 in. (1068 mm x 765 mm)
Given by Lucy and Michael Archer, 2003
Primary Collection
NPG 6657


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  • Edwin Smith (1912-1971), Photographer, writer and painter. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.

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Olive Cook met Edwin Smith on the stairs of the house on Rosslyn Hill where they both lived, and they embarked on a seventeen-year partnership recording the architecture and popular art of Britain. The influence of Kurt Schwitters and Chagall is discernible in the apparent naivety of this portrait of Cook's husband known as The Anniversary. It is a record of a 'working partnership', a modern marriage portrait, domestic, intimate and affectionate.