© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir John Betjeman
by John Gay Click on the links below to find out more
vintage bromide print, published March 1954 (1949)
10 in. x 7 7/8 in. (257 mm x 199 mm)
Bequeathed by executors of Marie Anita Gay (Mrs John Gay), 2003
- Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984), Poet Laureate, writer and broadcaster. Sitter in 41 portraits.
- John Gay (1909-1999), Photographer. Artist of 279 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portrait was taken at Regent's Canal in London, for Country Fair magazine.
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