Bratby, John Randall RA (1928-1992): Portrait of Dr A.L.Rowse, signed, oil on canvas, 46 x 36 cms. Presented by the Executors of the Estate of A.L.Rowse in 1998. Bequest.
About the frame
A late nineteenth-/early twentieth-century Continental architrave frame; fluted frieze with step and two reeds to sight; small sight moulding; finished in stone-coloured paint with white sight edge; supplied by Paul Mitchell Limited (r).
Dr Alfred Leslie Rowse (1903-1997) was known throughout the world for his poetry and history books. He was born and bred near St Austell, Cornwall and published A Cornish Childhood and Tudor Cornwall among his many books.
About the Artist
Bratby was born in London and studies at Kingston School of Art followed by the Royal College of Art. He taught at Carlisle College of Art then Royal College of Art. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1956, and gained the Guggenheim Award. He wrote his first novel 'Breakdown' in 1960 and was elected RA in 1971. He is remembered as the leading exponent of the so-called 'kitchen sink' school of painting, applying the paint directly from the tube like toothpaste giving rise to the jibe 'tubism'