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Glyn Warren Philpot

(London 1884-1937)

A young man, seated with an art book, in an interior, 1920 *SOLD*

oil on unlined canvas

signed and dated lower left ‘Glyn Philpot 1920’

65 x 54 cm. (82 x 72 cm. framed)


Presumably from the artist to

Private collection, France, and by descent until 2023.

Philpot was a regular visitor to France, whether in pursuit of the Ballet Russes or Nouveau Cirque in Paris, or travelling as an art tourist. Notable portraits from his travels include a French professional model called Guillaume Rolland from 1914 one of which is in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, and the other in Tate Britain, entitled ‘A Young Breton’.

The sitter in this painting is seated with an art book and bears comparison to Philpot’s portrait of Bernard Rice, ‘Student with a Book’, from the same year (private collection). In both paintings the young men hold large art books open, but their gaze is introspective.

Here, the young man is seated with his book at a table laid with green baize, in an interior with a mantelpiece beyond, which looks like a typically enamelled French fireplace. The picture itself is set on an old wooden stretcher of French construction (without pegs), and is a typical French canvas size for the period. It is fair to assume the painting was done by Philpot in France, where it has stayed until the present day.

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