Euan Uglow

Euan Uglow, by Euan Uglow, circa 1960 - NPG 6981 -

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Euan Uglow

by Euan Uglow
oil on card, circa 1960
6 1/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (154 mm x 145 mm)
Given by Georgia Georgallas, 2014
Primary Collection
NPG 6981

Sitterback to top

  • Euan Uglow (1932-2000), Painter. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.

Artistback to top

  • Euan Uglow (1932-2000), Painter. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 2 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Although Uglow was concerned with portraiture throughout his career, he rarely used his acute powers of observation to portray his own likeness. Only four self-portraits are known to exist, three of which are small sketches and apparently painted within a five year period. These were never included in exhibitions during the artist’s lifetime. This portrait was probably made by the artist in 1960, shortly after moving into his studio in Battersea, London, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. In contrast to his usually precise technique, the paint in this work has been loosely applied onto a scrap of fibre-board and appears to be a swift appraisal of his appearance at that moment. The intimate quality of the work is enhanced by its provenance; it remained in Uglow’s studio until his death, when it was bequeathed to a close friend.

Events of 1960back to top

Current affairs

Prince Andrew is born, the third child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.
The Contraceptive Pill is introduced in England, dramatically changing the nation's approach to sex and relationships, and significantly contributing to the 1960s culture of liberation.

Art and science

Penguin books defend D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover against charges of obscenity by demonstrating that the novel was of literary merit. The 'not guilty' verdict was seen as a victory for free speech and marked the beginning if a new era of liberalism.
The satirical review Beyond the Fringe launches the careers of Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller.


Harold Macmillan delivers his 'wind of change' speech to the South African Parliament in Cape Town, announcing Britain's decision to grant independence to many of her colonies. The speech recognised the emergence of African nationalism, and criticised the policy of Apartheid in South Africa.

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