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Clifford Lee

JOHN, Augustus (1878 - 1961)

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Date: 1959

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 86.5 x 63.7 cm

Acquired: 1972; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 4917


Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
4 May 2021, 17:15

Many thanks for your comment Greta and your interest in this painting. We will be in touch directly regarding your enquiry.

Greta Wharton
11 April 2021, 20:25
I am aware of an exhibition this year at The Lady Leverhume Gallery showing Augustus Johns paintings. It would be wonderful if the portrait of my father Clifford Lee could be included in this exhibition. His whole family including his 97 year old widow, 3 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren would love to see it in this exhibition.
Please consider this request, I know it is a 'big ask '.
Thank you
Albert Beckett
2 June 2020, 17:32
Was Cliff Lee the person who was chosen by Time Life to study 'The Origin of Gypsies', and travelled throughout Europe to produce a book of the same name?
This Clifford Lee as I remember had 3 daughters, one of whom married Edward (Eddie Green) and lived in Runcorn, another I believe emigrated to Australia or New Zealand.
I worked with Eddie Green and I saw the book many years ago.
Nick Wharton
6 March 2015, 22:05
John painted T.E Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, George Bernhard Shaw & Dylan Thomas. But the greatest man he ever painted was my Grandfather, Cliff Lee. Traveller, Romani, Gent, Legend.
Amgueddfa Cymru
20 August 2012, 11:56
Thank you for your comment. There are no current plans to exhibit the work but we will update Art Online if the work is on display. We can make an appointment for anyone to view any work in store. Please contact the art department to make an appointment.
Thank you, Clare Smith, Collections Manager, Art Department
19 August 2012, 00:37
If this portrait is ever included in an exhibition I would really appreciate it if I could be informed by e-mail. I have been to the Museum some years ago when Tim Egan allowed our family to view it in storage but it would be wonderful to see it on display.

from Greta Wharton (daughter of Clifford Lee)
greta wharton
25 February 2012, 10:07
Dear Joyce
Clifford Lee was my father and the portrait you enquire about is indeed in the National Museum of Wales. At present it is in storage and not on view to the public as far as I know. Was your father in law Roy Boyer?
Amgueddfa Cymru
1 March 2010, 15:39
Dear Joyce - Many thanks for your comment, I understand that one of our curators have contacted you direct regarding this enquiry. Many thanks for your interest in Amgueddfa Cymru.
1 March 2010, 10:32
i am trying to trace a portrait of a Romany called Clff Lee who lived in the New forest and was painted by Augustus John.Cliff eventually stopped travelling and lived in Maghull Merseyside. He became a close fiend of my late father in law who always told us that the painting hung in the National Portrait Gallery. However,it looks as if it may have been purchased by the National Museum of Wales. could you confirm that this is the case and if it is possible to view the painting should it be in your posession. Many thanks.
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