Portrait of the Scottish-born writer Naomi Mitchison (1897-1999), the artist's close friend and collaborator, seated at a table with an open book on her knee.
Portrait of Naomi Mitchison by Wyndham Lewis, 1939
© Wyndham Lewis and the estate of the late Mrs G A Wyndham Lewis by kind permission of the Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust (a registered charity)
- Oil on canvas
- 102 x 76.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £30,000 ( Total: £100,000)
- Acquired in:
- Estate of Naomi Mitchison
The crucifixion in the background is a reference to the book she is writing, 'The Blood of the Martyrs', and also as a private joke since both artist and sitter has equivocal attitudes towards organised religion. Her intense look of concentration was the result of having to compose the novel in her head whilst maintaining her pose.