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John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes; Lydia Lopokova

4 of 6 portraits by William Roberts

John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes; Lydia Lopokova, by William Roberts, signed 1932 - NPG 5587 - © William Roberts Society

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John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes; Lydia Lopokova

by William Roberts
oil on canvas, signed 1932
29 1/8 in. x 31 7/8 in. (740 mm x 810 mm)
Given by King's College: Cambridge: UK, 1983
Primary Collection
NPG 5587

On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery

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  • William Roberts (1895-1980), Painter. Artist of 6 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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To be presented smoking in the 1920s indicated an emancipated view of life; it was still regarded as daring for women to smoke. Keynes particularly admired the paintings of William Roberts and gave him financial support for many years.

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