PHILPOT, Glyn

1884 - 1937

Glyn Philpot

Glyn Warren Philpot, was born at Clapham, London on 5 October 1884, son of John Philpot, a commercial traveller, and his wife Julia née Webb, who married in 1873. Glyn studied at the Lambeth School of Art, now City and Guilds of London Art School, in 1900 where he was taught by Philip Connard (1875-1958), and at the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1901, 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 and, by 1911, a 26 year old painter artist, at B Flat, Tower House, 28 Tite Street, Chelsea, 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 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 Acadamey, although some works were withdraw 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 Philpott was of 1 Marlborough Gate House, Lancaster Gate, Lonodn W.2 when he died from a stroke on 16 December 1937 and his funeral took place on 22 December, Forbes committed suicide the following day.




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