Self-Portrait by Roger Fry

Fry was not a vain man yet at various moments in his life he turned his attention upon himself, producing a series of introspective self-portraits.


Oil on canvas
46 x 37 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,750 ( Total: £15,000)
Acquired in:
Julian Agnew

As in all of these, in this work there is a level gaze, a careful, critical self appraisal in which the importance of looking seems to outweigh the expression of his personality. This is the only portrait in which he is shown wearing a hat, and the light catching the edge of the brim creates a horizontal that balances the verticality of the face. Cezanne's example may have led Fry to use the background door panels as a challenge to the sense of recession set up by the line of the shoulders and the three-quarter view of the face. There is also a visual pun in the use of the pearl tie-pin to hold both tie and composition in position.


Possibly purchased from the artist by Geoffrey Agnew; by descent to Julian Agnew.

Venue details

The Courtauld Gallery Somerset House, Strand, LONDON London WC2R 0RN 020 7848 2526

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