John Wonnacott
All Pictures


1940Born in London
1958-63Studied at the Slade School of Fine Art; moves to Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
2000Awarded the CBE

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1977The Minories, Colchester
1978Rochdale Art Gallery : touring to Ferens Art Gallery Hull, Harris Museum & Art Gallery Preston, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
1980Marlborough Fine Art, London
1985Marlborough Fine Art, London
1986Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
1988Marlborough Fine Art, London
1992Agnew’s, London
1996Agnew’s, London
1998Wolsey Art Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
1999Hirschl and Adler, NY
2000Agnew’s, London
2000National Portrait Gallery
2005Agnew’s, London
2011Agnew’s, London – A Tale of Two Houses
2012Clare Hall, Cambridge - 50-year retrospective of self-portraits
2012St John’s College, Oxford - 50-year retrospective of self-portraits
2013Chambers Fine Art, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

1971Painting and Perception, The Macroberts Art Centre Gallery, University of Sterling
1974Painting 1974, Hayward Gallery, London
1977British Painting 1952-77, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1983Britain Salutes NY, Marlborough Gallery, NY
1984The Hard-Won Image, Tate Gallery, London
1986-87Foundation Veranneman invites Marlborough, Foundation Veranneman, Kruishoutem, Belgium
1989Monet to Freud, National Art Collections Fund Loan Exhibition, Sotheby’s, London
1989Salute to Turner, National Trust Foundation for Art, Agnew’s, London
1990The Pursuit of the Real, British Figurative Painting from Sickert to Bacon, Manchester City Art Galleries, The Barbican Art Gallery, Glasgow City Art Gallery
1992The New Patrons, Twentieth Century Art from Corporate Collections, National Art Collection Fund, Christies, London
1995Contemporary Portraits from Suffolk to Essex, Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk
1995Contemporary British Artists Celebrate 100 years of The National Trust, Christie’s, London
2000Painting the Century, National Portrait Gallery, London.
2001A Sea of Faces, The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
2004Visions of London, Art Space Gallery
2005-14Royal Portrait Society, Annual Exhibition (2005 Ondaatje prize, 2015 Conversation Piece prize)
2007Looking Forward: 25 British Artists, Agnew’s, London
2007Venice, City of Dreams, Sotheby’s, London
2014The Norwich Life Room: Wonnacott & Lessore, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
2014About Life: Wonnacott & Lessore, NUA Gallery, Norwich, University of the Arts
2014-15Royals Then and Now, Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire

Selected National Commissions

1997Rt. Hon. John Major Prime Minister in Downing Street, National Portrait Gallery
1999Fleet Admiral Lord Lewin of Greenwich in the Painted Hall, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
2000The Royal Family, A Centenary Portrait, National Portrait Gallery
Other Commissions

Public Collections