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Herbert James Gunn 

(Glasgow 1893-1964 Hampstead, London)


Head Study, “Lady in Green”, c.1930s


oil on artist's board

signed lower right ‘HJGunn’ & inscribed with title, verso

31 x 25.5 cm.



Gunn studied at the Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, and in 1911, he went to the Academie Julien in Paris,  where he studied under Jean-Paul Laurens. With the outbreak of WWI, he initially joined the Artists Rifles, and was subsequently commissioned in the 10th Scottish Rifles where he would meet his friend and important future patron, Edward Grindlay. 


He went on to become one of the most sought after portraitists of his day, in spite having begun his career as an accomplished landscape painter, with an exhibition of ‘Paintings of Rome etc’ at The Fine Art Society in 1929. He was elected President of the Royal Society pf Portrait Painters in 1953, the year he painted Queen Elizabeth II.




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