This item is an oil portrait of the British author G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936). It was painted by the Irish artist Edwin Swan. The portrait measures approximately 44.5 by 34 inches. This portrait is based on a black-and-white photograph of Chesterton taken in 1935 by the British photographer Howard Coster (1885-1959). This is a posthumous portrait, painted after Chesterton’s death in 1936.
Edwin Swan was born in Ballyragget, Ireland, and studied at the Academie Julian in Paris. This portrait of Chesterton was once exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1940.