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Mervyn Laurence Peake

(1911-1968), Artist and writer

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 2 portraits
Born of British parents in China, Mervyn Peake was an acclaimed writer, poet, artist, illustrator and theatrical designer. His trademark in both painting and writing is a whimsical streak of fantasy tinged with the macabre. In 1946 he was sent to Germany and made drawings at the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen that profoundly influenced his later work. His posthumous reputation rests mainly on his trilogy of novels - Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1950) and Titus Alone (1959). Peake suffered from Parkinson's and died before he could complete the series. A fourth book, Titus Awakes, written by Peake's widow Maeve Gilmore using notes left by the author, was discovered in the attic of the family home.

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Mervyn Laurence Peake, by Mervyn Laurence Peake - NPG L191

Mervyn Laurence Peake

by Mervyn Laurence Peake
oil on canvas, 1932
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L191

Maeve Gilmore, by Mervyn Laurence Peake - NPG 7044

Maeve Gilmore

by Mervyn Laurence Peake
oil on canvas, 1940s
NPG 7044

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