Herbert Barnard John Everett (1877–1949)

Image credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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A full-length seated portrait of the marine and landscape painter John Everett, cross-legged and wearing a black overcoat and trousers, a silk hat and grey gloves. His face is bearded and a silver-topped cane rests against his legs. Orpen produced a preliminary sketch of Everett for this portrait which shows him as clean-shaven and seated with the gloves, cane and top-hat that feature in this finished canvas. Everett sat for his portrait against a background of his own watercolours and drawings of ships, and with the telescope and roll of maps that can be seen in the corner of the composition. Although the portrait is both direct and simple, it also emulates the swagger and insouciance of the sitter, who was over six feet tall. Everett was a student at the Slade School of Art with Orpen.

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Herbert Barnard John Everett (1877–1949)




oil on canvas


H 96.5 x W 91.5 cm

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