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Camp carnival: Roy Strong’s 80th birthday pageant

Sir Roy poses as Henry VIII, Rasputin, Tennyson and other assorted princes, priests and poets in a series of mock masterpieces by the photographer John Swannell

1 August 2015

9:00 AM

1 August 2015

9:00 AM

Sir Portrait: Thirty Portraits of Sir Roy Strong Roy Strong and John Swannell

Frances Lincoln, pp.96, £20, ISBN: 9780711237414

For his 75th birthday, Sir Roy Strong gave himself a personal trainer. For his 80th, he has commissioned a book of portraits of himself by the photographer John Swannell. The fruits of all that training — much of it undertaken on a racing tricycle around the lanes of Herefordshire — can be seen in the six-pack he sports in one of the luscious, technically excellent images.

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Christopher Fletcher is Keeper of Special Collections at the Bodleian Library.

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