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Self Portrait

© the artist. Photo credit: Ruth Borchard Collection

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Stuttle’s 1956 self portrait was painted at ‘a very emotional time’, his mother recently dying. The painting is a portrayal of youthful innocence and shy detachment. His hair is painted with especial vitality. The indigo of his shirt contrasts with his light skin tones. It is a painting in the modern English tradition of the Camden Town Group and the Bloomsbury painters. Stuttle studied painting and ceramics at the College of Art in Stoke and then the Royal College of Art in 1957. Stuttle enjoyed the atmosphere of radical newness predominating at the RCA, though he says now that ‘I don’t think a lot of the old staff like Carel Weight knew quite what was happening’. What Stuttle prizes especially from his art training is how it ‘gave you an ability to draw as well as you can for the rest of your life’.

The Ruth Borchard Collection


Self Portrait




oil on canvas


H 66 x W 41 cm

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acquired by Ruth Borchard as part of the original collection

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The Ruth Borchard Collection

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