Self Portrait

© John Byrne. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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This is an exaggerated self-portrait of John Byrne (almost like a caricature), with tall narrow head and wide shoulders. He wears baseball cap turned to the side, a thick cardigan, and is smoking a cigarette. A cloud of wispy smoke comes from his cigarette and fills the right side of the painting. He is portrayed against a sea background.

Manchester Art Gallery



Self Portrait




oil on board


H 76.4 x W 76.3 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from William Hardie, Ltd, 1987

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : lower centre : artist's description, date, name : ONE MEAT BALL 1986 Byrne


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