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Kenneth More painting by Ricky Poole/Stage Golfing Society

Kenneth More painting by Ricky Poole/Stage Golfing Society

In his time Kenneth More had many portraits made of him in various mediums. This acrylic painting on canvas by artist Ricky Poole was made for the Stage Golfing Society who subsequently donated it to the Kenneth More Theatre/Redbridge Theatre Company. With their departure from the KM Theatre in 2019 it was kindly gifted to the estate of the late actor and sits pride and place amongst the collection of items relating to Kenny. It is the hope that in time to come it will feature in a major exhibition of Kenneth More’s life.

Ricky Poole has done a wonderful job of capturing More during the 1950’s, from the collar of the shirt pulled up, to his contemplative expression, and even perfecting his widow’s peak hairline. Though the painting has aged after many years the colours are still vivid, even down to the flecks of bright paint making up the checkered pattern of the short sleeved shirt.

Ultimately it depicts Kenny at the high of his success with his life ahead of him, and for that it remains a cherished portrait of one of our greatest stars.