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Ida Kar

1 of 137 portraits of Ida Kar

Ida Kar, by Suren Stepanian, 1957 - NPG 6667 - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

© reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Ida Kar

by Suren Stepanian
pencil and ink, 1957
14 1/2 in. x 11 1/2 in. (370 mm x 291 mm)
Purchased with funding from the Elizabeth Weisz Fund, 2004
Primary Collection
NPG 6667

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  • Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Sitter in 137 portraits, Artist associated with 1508 portraits.

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  • Suren Stepanian (1895-1971), Sculptor. Artist associated with 2 portraits.

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This caricature of Kar as part-camera, wearing her signature Armenian hat, was made during her 1957 visit to the country and the result of one of several sittings with artists. She wrote to Musgrave: 'I am becoming a heroic figure for them [the Armenians]. They will never forget me….One day I am posing for a painter, the next for sculptor…I am becoming almost legendary…'