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Glyn Philpot

Image: Glyn Warren Philpot, Portrait of Frank Coombs, c.1930

1884-1937. Philpot started his career as a painter of society portraits in the early years of the 20th century. He worked in a similar style to the influential portraitist John Singer Sargeant until the early 1920s, when he developed a more sombre style that proved very popular with English society.

In the late 1920s Philpot's style changed. He became aware that his art was becoming out of date, and he adopted a more modern style of painting inspired by Picasso and other leading Modernist artists. This new style lost him many of his former clients, but won him critical acclaim.