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Glyn Warren Philpot

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Glyn Warren Philpot

by Glyn Warren Philpot
oil on canvas, 1908
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
Purchased, 1969
Primary Collection
NPG 4681

Sitterback to top

  • Glyn Warren Philpot (1884-1937), Painter and sculptor. Sitter associated with 7 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Glyn Warren Philpot (1884-1937), Painter and sculptor. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits, Sitter associated with 7 portraits.

This portraitback to top

This early work is the only known painted self-portrait of the artist.

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  • Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 68 Read entry

    This is Philpot’s only known painted self-portrait, so for us he will remain twenty-four years old, ‘forever young’. Signed and dated 1908, this work was only exhibited once during his lifetime, in 1909, and shows him fresh-faced, handsome and ambitious, seated with his palette half-turned towards the viewer. Initially successful painting society portraits, his work fell from favour around 1932 when he moved to Paris and turned to Cubism. Philpot here pays tribute to his artistic hero Velázquez with his exquisite brushwork and subtle use of blacks and greys.

  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 493

Events of 1908back to top

Current affairs

Henry Asquith replaces Henry Campbell-Bannerman as Liberal leader and Prime Minister, with David Lloyd George taking control of the Exchequer. Asquith and Lloyd George embark on a bold programme of social reform, laying the foundations of the Welfare State, introducing government pensions this year and later a system of National Insurance.
The first aeroplane for the British army is built by the American, Samuel Cody.

Art and science

E.M. Forster's novel A Room with a View is published, following the experiences of a young woman, Lucy Honeychurch, in the repressed culture of Edwardian England.
The French art critic Louis Vauxcelles first uses the term 'cubism' to refer to a landscape painting by Georges Braque.


King Carlos of Portugal and his heir, Prince Luis Filipe, are killed by assassins from the Republican trying to provoke a revolution. Carlos I, unpopular because of his extravagant lifestyle and extramarital affairs, was succeeded by his younger son, Manuel, the last monarch of the Braganza dynasty.
Following the death of the Guangxu Emperor in China, his two year old nephew replaces him, becoming the the last Manchu emperor of China.

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