by Walter Tittle
oil on canvas, 1923-1924
33 1/2 in. x 27 1/2 in. (851 mm x 699 mm)
Given by Joseph Joel Duveen, Baron Duveen, 1931
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Of Polish parentage, Conrad became a seaman and voyaged widely in the East, the setting for many of his most famous novels. He became a British subject in 1886, settled in England in 1894 and devoted himself to literature. He slowly established himself as one of the greatest of all English-speaking novelists, with Lord Jim, (1900), Nostromo, (1904), and Under Western Eyes, (1911). Speaking of the portrait, which depicts Conrad before the sea, the author's wife praised the artist for having 'raised a lasting memorial to an artist and a friend'.
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- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 140