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Self Portrait
Photo credit: The Courtauld

Self Portrait 1928

Roger Eliot Fry (1866–1934)

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

(b Highgate, Middlesex [now in London], 14 Dec. 1866; d London, 9 Sept. 1934). English critic, painter, and designer. He took a first-class degree in natural sciences at Cambridge in 1888, but was already more interested in art, and in the 1890s he built up a reputation as a writer and lecturer (and a much more modest one as a painter). His success as a public speaker depended partly on his mellifluous voice: George Bernard Shaw said it was one of only two he knew that were worth listening to for their own sake—the other was that of the actor Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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