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Graham Vivian Sutherland

(1903-1980), Painter

Sitter in 62 portraits
Artist associated with 23 portraits
One of a generation of students who, influenced by Samuel Palmer, revived the art of etching with a romantic vision of the English landscape. The Pembrokeshire coast was a lifelong source of inspiration. His acclaimed painting of the writer Somerset Maugham (1949) began a revival in the art of portraiture. Sutherland contributed to the International Surrealist Exhibition in London and was an Official War Artist. He designed the Christ in Glory in the Tetramorph for Coventry Cathedral. Sutherland's portrait of Churchill, to mark his 80th birthday caused a sensation at its unveiling in 1954, and was subsequently destroyed by the sitter's wife.

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Graham Sutherland, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5337

Graham Sutherland

by Graham Sutherland
sketchbook, watercolour and pencil, 82 pages, circa 1945-1946
NPG 5337

Somerset Maugham, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5325

Somerset Maugham

by Graham Sutherland
pencil and crayon, 1949
NPG 5325

Somerset Maugham, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5326

Somerset Maugham

by Graham Sutherland
sketchbook, 104 pages, 1949
NPG 5326

Graham Sutherland, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5702

Graham Sutherland

by Graham Sutherland
pencil, circa 1950
NPG 5702

Somerset Maugham, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5329

Somerset Maugham

by Graham Sutherland
lithograph, 1953
NPG 5329

Somerset Maugham, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5327

Somerset Maugham

by Graham Sutherland
black chalk, pencil and gouache, 1953
NPG 5327

Somerset Maugham, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5328

Somerset Maugham

by Graham Sutherland
black chalk on tracing paper, 1953
NPG 5328

Winston Churchill, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5332

Winston Churchill

by Graham Sutherland
oil on canvas, 1954
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5332

Winston Churchill, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5334

Winston Churchill

by Graham Sutherland
pen and ink and pencil, 1954
NPG 5334

Winston Churchill, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 6096

Winston Churchill

by Graham Sutherland
pencil and wash, 1954
NPG 6096

Winston Churchill, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5330

Winston Churchill

by Graham Sutherland
sketchbook, 14 pages, 1954
NPG 5330

Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5244

Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark

by Graham Sutherland
oil on canvas, circa 1962-1964
NPG 5244

Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 5243

Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark

by Graham Sutherland
oil on canvas, 1963-1964
NPG 5243

Sir Charles Clore, by Graham Sutherland - NPG 6465

Sir Charles Clore

by Graham Sutherland
pencil, crayon and biro, 1967
NPG 6465

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