Peter Blake’s Self Portrait With Badges: a pop-art riff on portraiture

By Skye Sherwin

The 29-year-old took Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy and made it socially and culturally relevant to the 21st century

This self-portrait by the then 29-year-old Blake became an instant pop art classic. Having clinched the 1961 junior John Moores painting prize, it was featured in the Sunday Times’ first colour supplement and in Ken Russell‘s documentary Pop Goes the Easel.

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