W.Somerset Maughan Portrait - Graham Sutherland - Framed Picture - 11" x 14"
Graham Vivian Sutherland OM was an English artist who is notable for his work in glass, fabrics, prints and portraits.
His work was much inspired by landscape and religion, and he designed the tapestry for the re-built Coventry Cathedral.
Sutherland developed his art by working in watercolours before switching to using oil paints in the 1940s. It is these oil paintings, often of surreal, organic landscapes of the Pembrokeshire coast, that secured his reputation as a leading British modern artist.
He served as an official war artist in the Second World War drawing industrial scenes on the British home front.
A number of portrait commissions in the 1950s proved highly controversial. Winston Churchill hated Sutherland's depiction of him and publicly humiliated Sutherland when the painting was presented.
William Somerset Maugham CH, better known as W. Somerset Maugham, was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s.
Not wanting to become a lawyer like other men in his family, Maugham eventually trained and qualified as a physician. The initial run of his first novel, Liza of Lambeth, sold out so rapidly that Maugham gave up medicine to write full-time.
During the First World War he served with the Red Cross and in the ambulance corps, before being recruited in 1916 into the British Secret Intelligence Service, for which he worked in Switzerland and Russia before the October Revolution of 1917.