by Sir James Gunn
24 5/8 in. x 18 1/4 in. (625 mm x 464 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Gilbert Keith ('G.K.') Chesterton (1874-1936), Poet, novelist and critic. Sitter in 74 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir James Gunn (1893-1964), Painter. Artist of 11 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
Related worksback to top
- NPG 3654: Conversation piece (G.K. Chesterton; Maurice Baring; Hilaire Belloc) (finished work)
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 121
Events of 1932back to top
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