1884 - 1937

Glyn Philpot

Glyn Warren Philpot was born at Clapham, London on 5 October 1884, son of John Philpot (1848-3 January 1927), a commercial traveller, and his wife Julia née Webb (1854-1933), who married at Gloucester on 21 August 1873. In 1900 Glyn studied at the Lambeth School of Art, now City and Guilds of London Art School where he was taught by Philip Connard (1875-1958), followed at the Académie Julian in Paris under Jean-Paul Laurens (1838-1921). In 1901, Glyn was a 16-year-old, living at 108 Upper Tulse Hill, Streatham, London with his parents, 52-year-old John and 47-year-old Julia, and siblings Leonard 23, Gertrude 21 and Daisy 19. By 1911, a 26-year-old painter artist, at B Flat, Tower House, 28 Tite Street, Chelsea, London but by 1921 had moved to 5 Park Row, St George's Hanover Square, London. A painter and sculptor, best known for his portraits of contemporary figures such as Siegfried Sassoon and Vladimir Rosing and first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1904 being elected an Associate on 23 April 1915 and a Member on 26 April 1923 and was also a member of the International Society of Sculptors Painters from 1913 in which year was awarded the gold medal at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh and was a founder member of the National Portrait Society in 1911. He made a comfortable living from portraiture, and it is said that he was executing some ten or twelve commissions a year, charging between £600 and £3,000 each. This enabled him to afford to travel to France, Italy, America, and North Africa and continue to paint less commercially successful subject pictures. Philpot converted to Catholicism, yet his interest in the male nude and portraits of young men, thought to be friends, models and lovers, show his gradual acceptance and expression of his own homosexuality and was in a relationship 1923-1935 with painter Vivian Forbes (1891-1937). A member of the International Society of Sculptors Painters and Gravers and exhibited at the Royal Academy, although some works were withdrawn because of their homosexual imagery; The Tate Gallery; The Ashmolean Museum; The National Portrait Gallery; Pallant House Gallery and at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1923 he exhibited an oil 'Portrait in Black and Brown'. Glyn Warren Philpot was of 1 Marlborough Gate House, Lancaster Gate, London W.2 when he died from a stroke on 16 December 1937 and his funeral took place on 22 December, Vivian Forbes committed suicide the following day.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from The Studio, 24 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea
1904 861 The Elevation of the Host
from Tower House, 33 Tite Street, Chelsea
1917 128 The most hon. The Marquis of Salisbury, K.G., G.C.V.O.
         258 A Young Breton
1918 122The Adoration of the Three Kings
1920 45 The Coast of Britain
         116 The Student with a Book
         342 The Rice Family
1921 177 The Journey of the Spirit
1922 145 The Sisters of the Artist
         274 Après-midi Tunisien
1923 15 Little Dancer
         170 Penelope
from Lansdowne House, Lansdowne Road, Holland Park, West London
1924 3 Resting Acrobats
         19 The Transfiguration of Dionysos
         66 Portrait of a Young Man
         195 Mrs. Ernest Makower
         658 Montague Rhodes James, Litt.D.
1925 36 The Angel of the Anunciation
         60 The Hon. Lady Packe
         79 A Street Accident
         122 The Marchioness of Carisbrooke
1926 168 The Rt.Hon. Stanley Baldwin, M.P.

Works by This Artist