Carlos Luis Sancha, Portrait Painter (Self Portrait)

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When Carlos Sancha was making his way as a young portrait painter seeking commissions, a Lincolnshire farmer said to him: ‘Carl, me boy, I’d like you to paint me wife, but we don’t want anything too arty.’ Later in life a critic, reviewing an exhibition which included his work, recalled the old joke about the woman looking into a pram and saying: 'What a beautiful daughter.' 'Oh yes', said the mother, 'but you should see her picture.' As one of the country’s most admired and sought-after painters of portraits and group portrait conversation pieces, Sancha did not subscribe to the edict that whoever pays the piper calls the tune, but he agreed that the person signing the cheque at least chooses the song book. Born in London in 1920 of Anglo-Spanish parents, he became an apprentice at Carlton Studios, producing high quality advertising and magazine artwork.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters People's Portraits collection at Girton College, University of Cambridge



Carlos Luis Sancha, Portrait Painter (Self Portrait)




oil on board


H 89 x W 68 cm

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on loan from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

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