© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Hans Schwarz Click on the links below to find out more
oil on board, 1992-1993
48 1/8 in. x 35 in. (1222 mm x 888 mm)
- Bruce Kent (1929-), Campaigner for nuclear disarmament; preist. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Hans Schwarz (1922-2003), Painter. Artist of 13 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Bought at the studio sale of the artist, the sitter recalls that Schwarz asked to paint him, and did so in three sittings in Kent's flat in North London, in December 1992 and February 1993.
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