by Patrick Heron
oil on canvas, 1951
20 in. x 16 in. (508 mm x 406 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 2000
Sitterback to top
- Patrick Heron (1920-1999), Painter and art critic. Sitter in 14 portraits, Artist of 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Patrick Heron (1920-1999), Painter and art critic. Artist of 5 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.
This portraitback to top
During the 1960s, the Gallery acquired two portraits by Patrick Heron: those of T. S. Eliot (1949) and Herbert Read (1950). The self-portrait, painted just a year later, is in the same idiom. In 1997 a further portrait was commissioned from Heron, of the writer A. S. Byatt.
Events of 1951back to top
Current affairsThe Conservative Party wins the general election and Winston Churchill returns for a second term as prime minister.
Art and scienceOn the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival of Britain is held as a nationwide celebration of British culture, and as an impetus for post-war regeneration. As well as various art, science and industrial exhibitions and events, a major regeneration project was initiated for the South Bank area of London under the directorship of the architect, Hugh Casson.
InternationalLibya declares its sovereignty from Italian rule, becoming the first independent state to be created by the UN.
At the Treaty of San Francisco, 48 nations sign a peace treaty with Japan, officially ending the Pacific War - the last battleground of the Second World War.
See this portrait
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery