BRATBY, JOHN (<i>1928-1992, artist and novelist</i>)
Lot 181
BRATBY, JOHN (1928-1992, artist and novelist) SELF-PORTRAIT,
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BRATBY, JOHN (1928-1992, artist and novelist)
pencil drawing, half-length, smoking his pipe and wearing spectacles, signed, inscribed and dated 'John Bratby 19 June '61 Self-Portrait', 21 x 141/2 in (53.3 x 36.8 cm).


  • Robin Gibson of the National Portrait Gallery noted that Bratby 'almost certainly painted more portraits than any other living Beckman and Kokoschka before him Bratby produced a more or less unbroken stream of self-portraits from his student days onwards. While claiming as others have done that this is because he is his own most available model, the self-portraits do betray at times an almost obsessive search for self-identity and mirror the fortunes and misfortunes of his personal life in a highly autobiographical way' (Robin Gibson, John Bratby Portraits, 1991).
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