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Leonard William McComb

(1930-2018), Artist

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist of 6 portraits
Born in Glasgow, McComb studied at the Regional College of Art, Manchester and at the Slade (1956-60). He has taught widely in provincial art schools and at the Slade, Goldsmiths College and the Royal Academy Schools. His work was included in Kitaj's The Human Clay at the Hayward, 1976 and the following year had his first solo exhibition at the Coracle Press. He has exhibited work at the Venice Biennale, 1980, at the Hayward, 1981 and at the Tate in The Hard Won Image, 1984. He's had several solo exhibitions, including at the Serpentine, which then went on an Arts Council Tour, 1983-4, at the Royal Academy, 1983, and at the New York Studio School, 2000. He became a Royal Academician in 1990.

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Doris Lessing, by Leonard William McComb - NPG 6516

Doris Lessing

by Leonard William McComb
oil on canvas, 1999
NPG 6516

Doris Lessing, by Leonard William McComb - NPG 6517(1)

Doris Lessing

by Leonard William McComb
pencil, 1999
NPG 6517(1)

Doris Lessing, by Leonard William McComb - NPG 6517(2)

Doris Lessing

by Leonard William McComb
oil on canvas, 1999
NPG 6517(2)

Leonard McComb, by Leonard William McComb - NPG 7081

Leonard McComb

by Leonard William McComb
oil on canvas, 2002
NPG 7081

Alfie Howard, by Leonard William McComb - NPG 7083

Alfie Howard

by Leonard William McComb
oil on canvas, 2003
NPG 7083

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Carel Weight

by Leonard William McComb
pastel, pencil and gold leaf on paper, 1990
NPG 7082



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27 August 2018, 22:47

Leonard McComb died in June of this year, 2018.

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