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Duncan Grant

(1885-1978), Artist

Sitter associated with 29 portraits
Artist of 9 portraits
Painter and decorative artist. Grant studied at Westminster School of Art and in Paris with Jacques-Emile Blanche. In 1909 he shared rooms in Fitzroy Square with Maynard Keynes, and struck up a close friendship with his neighbours Virginia Stephen (later Woolf) and her brother Adrian. These connections provided Grant's entry to the Bloomsbury circle. Profoundly influenced by Roger Fry's two Post-Impressionist exhibitions in 1910 and 1912-13, he gravitated away from realistic depiction, experimenting increasingly with a non-literal use of colour. Grant was a co-director of Fry's Omega Workshop and was celebrated for his designs for decorative schemes and textiles.

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Duncan Grant, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax143165

Duncan Grant

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1930
NPG Ax143165

Duncan Grant, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax143167

Duncan Grant

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1930
NPG Ax143167

Duncan Grant, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax143168

Duncan Grant

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1930
NPG Ax143168

Duncan Grant, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14087

Duncan Grant

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1967
NPG x14087

Duncan Grant, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x166064

Duncan Grant

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 7 June 1968
NPG x166064

Duncan Grant, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x88049

Duncan Grant

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, photomontage, 7 June 1968
NPG x88049

Duncan Grant, by Jane Bown - NPG x28622

Duncan Grant

by Jane Bown
bromide print on card mount, 1978
NPG x28622

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