Sir George Clausen


Pen and ink

8 1/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (210 mm x 140 mm) overall

© National Portrait Gallery, London (NPG 3041)

Given by Marion Harry Spielmann, 1939

This was the year in which Clausen became an Associate of the Royal Academy. He looks quite somber here but he was a genial man whose household was a happy one (see McConkey, "George Clausen: The Rustic Image," 34), and whose friendships, for example with sculptor William Goscombe John, lasted a lifetime. His lectures, when he was appointed Professor at the RA, were very popular. The published versions show great sympathy with the aims and struggles of his student audience.

  • On Realism and Impressionism (the sixth of his Royal Academy lectures)
  • Image acquisition (with thanks to the National Portrait Gallery) and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. [Click on the image to enlarge it and mouse over the text for links.]