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A Living Legacy: Irish Art from the Collection of Brian P. Burns

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Christopher Campbell
1908 - 1972
THE VAGABOND (SELF-PORTRAIT)
signed and dated l.r.: CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL/ AUGUST/ 1935; also titled, signed and inscribed with the artist's address: BRIAN ROAD/ CLONTARF on the reverse
oil on board
60 by 48cm., 23½ by 19in.
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Provenance

Private collection, Dublin;
Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 2011

Exhibited

Dublin, Gorry Gallery, An Exhibition of 18th – 21st Century Irish Paintings, 29 May - 11 June 2011, no.24

Catalogue Note

Born in Dublin, Christopher Campbell studied at the Metropolitan School of Art under Patrick Tuohy and later worked at the Harry Clarke Stained Glass Studios. He worked as a painter and stained glass artist and, over a long career, exhibited over 70 works at the Royal Hibernian Academy in a variety of media. Holding a fiddle, and a caravan visible on the road behind, Campbell presents himself in this self-portrait as a 'vagabond' - a wanderer, traveller, outsider - a role an artist often adopts. This theme is perhaps taken up most prominently in the work of Jack B. Yeats. Campbell's realist painting style and strong gaze recalls that of Sean Keating. His brother, Laurence Campbell, was an important sculptor whose sitters included Jack B. Yeats.

A Living Legacy: Irish Art from the Collection of Brian P. Burns

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London