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    Sale 5390

    20th Century British Art

    7 October 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 198

    John Bellany, H.R.S.A., R.A. (b. 1942)

    Richard Morphet

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    John Bellany, H.R.S.A., R.A. (b. 1942)
    Richard Morphet
    signed 'Bellany' (lower right), signed again, inscribed and dated 'RICHARD MORPHET/John Bellany/1985' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm.)

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    Richard Morphet was the Keeper of the Modern collection, Tate Gallery from 1986-1998. In 1986 Bellany was given the first solo show ever to be held at the National Portrait Gallery, London. The exhibition was centred around his portrait of Ian Botham, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery. The present work forms part of this series of portraits that he painted at the time.

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    The Masi/Hudson Collection.


    Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, John Bellany, August - September 1986, no. 56.