Stan Smith's heart-rending last work
During a long stay in hospital in the months before he died, Stan Smith drew a remarkable series of more than 100 self portraits.
Suffering from brain damage, he had fallen and factured a vertebra in his neck. Barely able to move his head and arms when he arrived in hospital, and painfully aware of his mortality, he began to draw. These unsparing, fearsomely honest self portraits were the result.
Compiled in half a dozen spiral bound A4 sketchpads, they have been kept by his widow Kate since Stan's death in 2001. Stan Smith has always been admired above all for his draughtsmanship. These drawings, created when he had been rendered a physical and mental wreck, may be rated among the best he ever did.
Many thanks to photographer Hugh Gilbert for his painstaking efforts in recording Stan's last work.
To view the whole series please click on the links below. You can then use the control buttons on screen lower right to pause or expand the images to full screen.