Ben Uri collection

Denis Lucas

Artist information

Name John Lessore (1939-)

Born London, England

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John Lessore was born in London in 1939 and grew up amid a family of practising artists including his mother, the painter Helen Lessore. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art under William Coldstream (1957-61), then travelled in Italy on an Abbey Minor scholarship. He is a co-founder of the Royal Drawing School (established 2000) and was a trustee of The National Gallery, London (2003-11). He taught at the Royal Academy Schools (1965-99) and co-ran the Life Room at Norwich School of Art with John Wonnacott (1978-86). He lives and works in London, East Anglia and France.

Object Details

Object type print

Medium etching on paper

Materials and techniques etching (technique) paper (support)

Unframed 25 x 20 cm

Framed 59 x 43.5 cm

Signed signed, bottom right: JL

Acquisition presented by James Hyman 1994

Accession number 1994-3

Display status not on display

John Lessore rarely paints from life, working instead from sketches, memory and the imagination. Figurative but not descriptive, Lessore’s portrait etching of artist and fellow tutor at the Royal Academy of Art, Denis Lucas, is half hidden and half revealed, softly printed in brown ink.


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