John Wonnacott was born in London in 1940 and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art

In 2000 he was awarded CBE.



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This is a rough fee-guide for a single portrait. Frame, travel & accommodation expenses, and VAT are not included. For groups and non-standard sizes please ask for a quote.


I paint full figures or groups in their own distinctive settings to which I am given regular access to work directly from life. I need as many sittings as possible and often work on a large scale. I am currently registered for VAT.


  • Rt. Hon John Major 1997
  • Admiral of the Fleet for the National Portrait Gallery
  • Lord Lomm of Greenwich 1988
  •  The Royal Family for National War Museum
  • Centenary Portrait 2000 for National Portrait Gallery
  • Sir Edwin Manton
  • Lord Palmer
  • Sir Henry Keswick


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

  • 1977 The Minories, Colchester
  • 1978 Rochdale Art Gallery and Tour
  • 1980 Marlborough Fine Art, London
  • 1985 Marlborough Fine Art, London
  • 1986 Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 1988 Marlborough Fine Art, London
  • 1992 Agnew’s, London
  • 1996 Agnew’s, London
  • 1998 Worley Art Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich
  • 1999 Hirschl and Adler, New York
  • 2005 Agnew’s London
  • 2011 Agnew’s London

Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • 1971 Painting and Perception, The MacRoberts Arts Centre Gallery, University of Stirling
  • 1974 British Painting ’74, Hayward Gallery, London
  • 1977 British Painting
  • 1952 – 77 Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 1983 Britain Salutes New York, Marlborough Gallery, New York
  • 1984 The Hard-Won Image, Tate Gallery, London
  • 1986 – 87 Foundation Veranneman invites Marlborough, Foundation Veranneman, Kruishoutem, Belgium
  • 1989 Monet to Freud, National Art Collections Fund Loan Exhibition, Sotheby’s, London
  • 1989 Salute to Turner, National Trust Foundation for Art, Agnew’s, London
  • 1990 The Pursuit of the Real, British Figurative Painting from Sickert to Bacon, Manchester City Art Galleries, The Barbican Art Gallery, Glasgow City Art Gallery
  • 1992 The New Patrons, Twentieth Century Art from Corporate Collections, National Art Collections Fund, Christie’s, London
  • 1995 Contemporary Portraits from Suffolk to Essex, Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk
  • 1995 Contemporary British Artists Celebrate One Hundred Years of the National Trust, Christie’s, London
  • 1997 The Hon John Major: Prime Minister; Downing Street. National Portrait Gallery
  • 2000 The School of London and their Friends, The Collection of Elaine and Melvin Menains, Yale Centre for British Art, 11th October 2000 – 14th January 2001 and Newberger Museum of Art, 28th January 2001 – 22nd May 2001
  • The Royal Family, A Centenary Portrait, National Portrait Gallery, 26th October 2000 – 4th February 2001
  • 2007 Meriam’s Collection, Christie’s, London


  • Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture in 2005
  • Awarded CBE in 2000