Portrait study of W Somerset Maugham by Graham Sutherland

A head and shoulders portrait of W Somerset Maugham (1874-965).


Black chalk & blue wash on paper Dimensions: 21.5 x 17 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £9,500)
Acquired in:
Historical Portraits/ Philip Mould

Sutherland was commissioned to paint Somerset Maugham's portrait in 1949 and this seems to be one of the sketches from life. He worked up the sketches into more elaborate drawings now in the Fitzwilliam and the final painting hangs in the Tate.


Italian collector; donated to the Friends of the Tate to be sold and proceeds to go to the Tate; Sotheby's, 1982; private collector; Historical Portraits Ltd.

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