Portrait of David Hare by Paula Rego

Full length portrait of the playwright David Hare (born 1947).


Pastel on paper on zinc
130 x 123 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15,000 ( Total: £80,000)
Acquired in:
Marlborough Fine Art

Rego assumed the role of director for the work and suggested that Hare stared contemplatively into the distance with his right hand over his heart in a dramatic devotional gesture. There is a suggestion of a play or a performance taking place but the meaning is unclear. The lamb and crook could be a veiled reference to St. John the Baptist and a theatrical mask lies on the floor.


Marlborough Fine Art.

Venue details

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, LONDON London WC2H 0HE 020 7306 0055 www.npg.org.uk

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