Once in a Lifetime: Over 100 Self-portraits and Portraits of Artists for Sale

Running in parallel with our Portrait of an Artist exhibition at Sotheran’s Rare Books & Prints, Liss Llewellyn is pleased to present this special online campaign focusing on Self-portraits, as well as Pictures of Artists by Artists.

In spite of John Singer Sargent’s quip that ‘every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend’, artists provided each other with the perfect subject matter. Unlike professional models, fellow artists usually did not have to be paid, and sittings might easily be reciprocal. Furthermore artists knew how to sit – how to sit still – and how to pose.

Many of these works shine a light on friendships forged at art school, such as Mary Adshead’s Portrait of fellow Slade student Daphne Charlton, or Barnett Freedman’s celebrated painting of his RCA contemporaries rehearsing a play: The Stanhope Street Group. Some pictures show artist’s busy at the precious moment of artistic creation, as in Francis Dodd’s Portrait of Charles Cundall, Percy Horton’s Portrait of an Artist, or Albert De Belleroche’s Portrait of Mary Cassatt, while others betray a clear sense of doting; be it reciprocal or not. This can be seen in the various drawings of Winifred Knights – famed both for her beguiling looks and her striking talent – by Colin Gill, Arnold Mason, and Sir Thomas Monnington.

This is the largest group of museum quality British self-portraits ever to be offered for sale, and the majority of these are currently on show at Sotheran’s Rare Books & Prints (2-5 Sackville Street, W1S 3DP).

The exhibition is open from 9:30 – 18:00, Monday – Friday, and draws to a close on April 1st. 

Works FEATURED in this Exhibition

Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
Basil Taylor, 1924
£1,800.00
Reserved
Percy Horton (1897 - 1970)
Portrait of an artist (possibly Stanley Badmin), c.1925
Sold
Edith Granger-Taylor (1887 - 1958)
Olive in a Blue Hat
Noel Rooke (1881 - 1953)
Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Celia Fiennes, late 1920s
£6,750.00
Sold
William Strang (1859 - 1921)
Self Portrait, 78-6
Winifred Knights (1899 - 1947)
Portrait Study of Colin Gill, c.1921
£7,500.00
Sold
Rosalie Brill (1903 - 1992)
Self Portrait, late 1920’s
Reserved
Colin Gill (1892 - 1940)
Portrait of Winifred Knights, 1921
Sold
Victor Hume Moody (1896 - 1990)
Self portrait, circa 1930
Sold
Edith Granger-Taylor (1887 - 1958)
Self Portrait, 1911
Sir Herbert James Gunn (1893 - 1964)
Self-portrait in Studio at Pembroke Walk, c.1940
£12,750.00
Reserved
Percy Horton (1897 - 1970)
Self Portrait at Easel – c.1940
Fyffe Christie (1918 - 1979)
Portrait of Eleanor, the Artist’s Wife, mid 1950s
£1,350.00
Richard Carline (1896 - 1980)
Portrait of Ivy Turner
£19,750.00
Archibald Standish Hartrick (1864 - 1950)
The Creeps, c.1939
£3,450.00
Reserved
Frank Potter (1885 - 1958)
Self-portrait as an Auxiliary Fireman, c.1941
Sold
Portrait of Eric Ravilious
Sold
Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)
Portrait of Sam Rabin, c. 1925
Edgar Holloway (1914 - 2008)
Top Hat
£1,500.00
William Dring (1904 - 1990)
Portrait of the Artist Grace Elizabeth Rothwell, (Mrs Dring), 1925
£1,850.00
Reserved
Henry Arthur Riley (1895 - 1966)
Me, 1940-42
Sold
Sir Thomas Monnington (1902 - 1976)
Portrait of Winifred Knights, circa 1931
Sold
Karl Hagedorn (1889 - 1969)
Self-portrait with Pipe
Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)
Early study for the Stanhope Street Group, c.1926
£1,850.00
Randolph Schwabe (1885 - 1948)
Portrait of Francis Dodd, 1916
£975.00
Sold
John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925)
Portrait of Albert de Belleroche
Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)
Portrait of Claudia Guercino, the Artist’s Future Wife
£2,850.00
Edith Granger-Taylor (1887 - 1958)
Self-portrait with Pig Tails, c.1920
£12,500.00
Douglas Stannus Gray (1890 - 1959)
Self-portrait Painting at an Easel Outdoors, 1920
£7,750.00
Karl Hagedorn (1889 - 1969)
Portrait of a young man
£2,400.00
Frank Brangwyn (1867 - 1956)
Portrait of Count Albert de Belleroche, 1920
Eric Ravilious (1903 - 1942)
Tirzah on a cockerel, 1931
£350.00
Bert Thomas (1883 - 1966)
Walton on the Naze is So Bracing, Savage Club House Dinner, 1937
£500.00
Sold
Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)
Self portrait, 1941
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Self Portrait, late 1950’s
£5,500.00
Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
The Artist at Her Drawing Board, mid-1920s
£950.00
Sold
Portrait of Frank Brangwyn, 1936
Sold
Douglas Percy Bliss (1900 - 1984)
George Stubbs
John Hassall at Work
£2,700.00
James Wood (1889 - 1975)
Self-portrait, c.1918
£5,950.00
Sold
Eric Kennington (1888 - 1960)
Portrait of Cosmo Clark, 1917
John Hassall (1868 - 1948)
Portrait of Bert Thomas
£970.00
Geoffrey Hamilton Rhoades (1898 - 1980)
Self-portrait, 1941
£4,850.00
Sold
Francis Dodd (1874 - 1949)
Portrait of Charles Cundall, 1926
Sold
Audrey Weber (1898 - 1981)
The Artist Painting in her Studio (possibly a self-portrait)
William Strang (1859 - 1921)
Self portrait, 154
£6,500.00
Sold
William Strang (1859 - 1921)
Self Portrait, 1895
Reserved
Richard Carline (1896 - 1980)
Study of Richard Hartley for Gathering on the Terrace at 47 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, 1925
Karl Hagedorn (1889 - 1969)
Design: A Self-portrait Rowing
£875.00
Reserved
Richard Carline (1896 - 1980)
Study for Annie and Sydney Carline for Gathering on the Terrace at 47 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, 1925
Sold
Joseph Simpson (1879 - 1939)
Portrait of Frank Brangwyn at Work
Robert Austin (1895 - 1973)
Self Portrait in Roman Hat, circa 1925
£9,500.00
Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)
Roof-terrace of the British School at Rome, 1926
£19,750.00
Reserved
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
Self Portrait, 1925
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Portrait of Geoffrey Rhoades, 1930
£18,750.00
Sold
Karl Hagedorn (1889 - 1969)
Self portrait and Mirror, c.935
Reserved
Alan Sorrell (1904 - 1974)
Self Portrait, nov 1928
Sold
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
The Beret (portrait of Pindi)
Sold
Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Self-portrait, c.1927
Sold
Roger Hilton (1911 - 1975)
Self portrait, mid 1930’s
Dudley Hardy (1867 - 1922)
Self portrait, 1896
£9,350.00
Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
An Artist at His Easel (probably Robert Lyon), late 1920s
£2,750.00
Sold
Gavin Bone (1903 - 1942)
Gavin David Bone, by Himself
‘One of the Best’ Portrait of John Hassall, circa 1900
£1,350.00
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Self-portrait with Round Spectacles
£775.00
Sold
Mary Potter (1900 - 1981)
Painting for life class, circa 1920
Douglas Percy Bliss (1900 - 1984)
Courbet and Baudelaire
£3,950.00
Reserved
Victor Hume Moody (1896 - 1990)
Self Portrait, mid 1930’s
Edith Granger-Taylor (1887 - 1958)
Self-portrait, c.1920
£5,750.00
Donald Chrisholm Towner (1903 - 1985)
Portrait of Charles Mahoney (1903-1968), 1926
£9,750.00
Sold
Edgar Holloway (1914 - 2008)
Self Portrait No. 25 Goodbye to all that!
Portrait of John Hassall Painting
£800.00
Sold
Albert de Belleroche (1864 - 1944)
Portrait of Mary Cassatt, 1880s
Victor Hume Moody (1896 - 1990)
Self-portrait, 1929
Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Portrait of the artist Margaret Goodwin
£2,950.00
Sold
Arnold Mason (1885 - 1963)
Portrait of Winifred Knights Sleeping, c.1920
Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Portrait of Daphne Charlton, c. 1935
£13,500.00
Philip Naviasky (1894 - 1936)
Self portrait, c.1920
£4,500.00
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
In the Pentlands, oil on George Rowney Birchmore Board
Charles Mahoney (1903 - 1968)
Adam and Eve (Mahoney and Dunbar) Dancing, c.1934
£1,275.00
Edgar Holloway (1914 - 2008)
Self Portrait no. 20 (Meyrick Cat. No. 251)
£390.00
Harry Dixon (1888 - 1974)
Portrait of the Artist Harry Riley, Smoking a Pipe
£4,500.00
Sold
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
Geoffrey Phibbs, c.1927
Raymond Ray-Jones (1886 - 1942)
Lamp-light (E.I.P), mid-1920s
£3,200.00
Sold
Raymond Sheppard (1913 - 1958)
Self Portrait, 1941
Reserved
Hilda Carline (1889 - 1950)
Portrait of Gilbert Spencer, circa 1919
Reserved
Rudolf Sauter (1895 - 1977)
Soldier (believed to be a self-portrait), 1939
Sold
Self Portrait
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
Study for Baptising little Pearce 2, circa 1923
£1,875.00
Sold
Self-portraitGeorgius Gulielmus Filliter / Princeps Ballagorriae, c.1905
Edgar Holloway (1914 - 2008)
The Grey Topper, 1937
£975.00
Sold
Colin Gill (1892 - 1940)
Self-portrait, 1910
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
Study of Baptising little Pearce 3, circa 1923
£1,500.00
Hubert Arthur Finney (1905 - 1991)
Self portrait, mid 1930’s
£1,500.00
Evelyn Gibbs (1905 - 1991)
Self Portrait, 1927
£1,200.00
Sold
Hubert Arthur Finney (1905 - 1991)
Self Portrait, c.1960
Portrait of John Hassall Smoking
£1,200.00
Portrait of John Hassall, Seated at Table, Painting
£1,950.00
Sold
Stanley Lewis (1905 - 2009)
Self-portrait, c.1930
Sold
Archibald Standish Hartrick (1864 - 1950)
Paul Gauguin at Poulhan, c. 1939
Sold
Mary Adshead (1904 - 1995)
Portrait of Steven Bone
David Tindle (b. 1932)
Self-portrait in a Mirror
£3,800.00
Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)
Royal College Art Class, c.1925
£900.00
Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)
The Stanhope Street Group, 1926
Joseph Simpson (1879 - 1939)
Self Portrait, The Artist Standing, 1925
£435.00
Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)
Portrait of a Fellow Art Student, 1923
£1,400.00
Winifred Knights (1899 - 1947)
Portrait of Colin Gill, c.1921
£10,000.00
Henry Arthur Riley (1895 - 1966)
Harold Riley in His Studio, c.1950
£1,600.00
Phyllis Ginger (1907 - 2005)
Self portrait, c.1937
£1,200.00
Sold
Raymond Ray-Jones (1886 - 1942)
Self-portrait Wearing a Hat, c. 1920
Sold
Bernard Blane Withey (1895 - 1976)
Bernard Blane Witheyself-portrait, 1931
Richard Carline (1896 - 1980)
Self-portrait, 1923
Leon Underwood (1890 - 1975)
Cecile on the Sofa, 1920
Francis Spear (1902 - 1979)
Self-portrait in a Large Brimmed Black Hat, c.1930
£950.00
Sold
Edgar Holloway (1914 - 2008)
Self Portrait, (No. 6) 1932
Edgar Holloway (1914 - 2008)
The Etcher III, 1932
£375.00
Sold
Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Self Portrait Drawing [HMO 684]
Sold
Augustus John (1878 - 1961)
Portrait of the Artist, 1902-06
Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)
The Artist’s Wife, Claudia (née Guercio) at Stanhope Street, c.1926
£13,750.00
Sold
James Miller (1893 - 1987)
Self-portrait, c.1940
Sold
Marjorie Mort (1906 - 1988)
Self Portrait, 1940
Malcolm Osborne (1880 - 1963)
Portrait of Job Nixon, circa 1930
£650.00
Sold
Augustus John (1878 - 1961)
Self Portrait, 1902-06
Sold
Self portrait, Night, c.1910
Self-portrait, 1915
£1,275.00
Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)
‘Buffins’,’Gin’ and ‘Tops’
£1,800.00
Sold
Colin Gill (1892 - 1940)
Self Portrait (?) 1913
Eric Gill (1882 - 1940)
Self Portrait (Physick 497), 1927
£2,500.00
Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)
An Art Student Sketching
£1,100.00