Sir Portrait

30 Portraits of Roy Strong

Sir Portrait 30 Portraits of Roy Strong
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Format: Hardback, 96 Pages
ISBN: 9780711237414
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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How does the former Director of the nation's greatest collection of portraits celebrate his 80th birthday?  The distinguished photographer John Swannell and Roy Strong have devised a series of thirty portraits that transport Roy through time, inventing and reinventing him as an array of historical characters.

With a sharp eye for period style and dress, and flashes of a tongue-in-cheek wit, Roy and John spent five years on a project in which he takes on the characters of Henry VIII, Toulouse Lautrec, Rasputin, President Lincoln and many more. The results, together with Roy's diary relating the stories behind the sittings, make a remarkable photographic essay of a man rightly dubbed 'Sir Portrait'.

Sir Portrait is an enchanting book, a work of playful connoisseurship, and a celebration of a life in portraits.


The author

JOHN SWANNELL  assisted David Bailey for four years before setting up his own studio working for magazines such as  VogueHarpers & Queen, the  Sunday Times  and  Tatler. In 1993 he was awarded a Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society; one of the youngest members to have achieved this status at the time. In 1994, Diana, The Princess of Wales personally commissioned John to photograph her together with her sons. In 2012 John was commissioned to take the only official portrait of HM The Queen to celebrate Her Diamond Jubilee. The National Portrait Gallery in London has over fifty of his photographs, and his work is also in the collections of the V&A, The National Gallery of Scotland and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.


SIR ROY STRONG  is a well-known historian and garden writer, lecturer, critic and columnist and a regular contributor to television and radio programmes. He was Director of the National Portrait Gallery from 1967 to 1973 and of the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1974 to 1987. In 1980 he was awarded the prestigious Shakespeare Prize by the FVS Foundation of Hamburg in recognition of his contribution to the arts in the UK. He has published a number of highly acclaimed books. Sir Roy lives in Hereford, where, with his late wife, Julia Trevelyan Oman, who died in 2003, he designed one of England's largest post-war formal gardens. He now works full-time as a writer and broadcaster.


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Format: Hardback, 96 Pages
ISBN: 9780711237414
Illustrations: 65 photographs in colour and black & white
Size: 9.843 in x 10.512 in / 250 mm x 267 mm

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