Sir Coleridge Kennard

This portrait drew me in straight away.

I spotted it when I walked into the Jacques-Émile Blanche exhibit at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, and loved the colouring and the feel of the piece.

Coleridge Kennard Blanche

And I was further intrigued to read the caption:

“Sir Coleridge Kennard” also titled “The Portrait of Dorian Gray”


Pardon? Dorian Gray? THE Dorian Gray? Wilde’s Dorian?

I needed to know more.

It turns out that Sir Coleridge ‘Roy’ Kennard was 19 when the portrait was painted by his friend Blanche. Roy was known as a bit of a dandy – it shows, doesn’t it?

Kennard’s mother was friends with Oscar Wilde – but didn’t want her son’s name attached to the portrait, so it was exhibited anonymously as ‘The Portrait of Dorian Gray’

6 thoughts on “Sir Coleridge Kennard

  1. This is so interesting! I love Oscar Wilde and Dorian Gray is my favourite book of all time, so this totally intrigues me.

  2. I immediately thought of Dorian Gray when I saw the portrait in my Bloglovin’ newsfeed. I didn’t know Jacques-Emile Blanche but his portraits are not unknown to me. Though he is French, I felt an english influence in his paintings. I am certainly not an expert in this area but I can’t help thinking of England when looking at his work.
    Thank you for finally enabling me to discover WHO is Jacques-Emile Blanche !


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  4. As a ww2 veteran who served in the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars under “Loopy” Kennard, Roy’s son, I find this just fascinating !

    Ron Goldstein

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