Roland Penrose, London, 1949
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Roland Penrose, London, 1949 1949
Following the war, and eighteen months working in Europe, Miller returned to London in 1946 and her partner, Roland Penrose. Since photographing Joseph Cornell in 1933, creating an image which merged his profile with one of his ‘objects’, Miller had enjoyed photographing artists with their work. This includes the likes of Oscar Kokoschka, Jean Arp, and Henry Moore, alongside her iconic portraits of Pablo Picasso. This image depicts Penrose in his studio surrounded by examples of his work. He is concentrating on his palette, brush in hand, as though contemplating his next choice of colour. Characteristic of Miller’s ability to frame her sitters, Penrose’s profile is outlined against the white area of his canvas that is yet to be painted.

Glossary Open


A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.



  • Acc. No. GMA 4990
  • Medium Black and white photograph (posthumous print)
  • Size Paper size: 38.40 x 30.00 cm; image size: 26.00 x 25.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased with help from the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2007