Boden, Leonard

PORTRAIT PAINTER (SCOTLAND)
BORN 31 May 1911, Greenock, Renfrewshire - DIED 15 Nov 1999, London
BIRTH NAME Boden, Leonard Monro
GRAVE LOCATION Greenock, Renfrewshire: Greenock Cemetery, South Street

Leonard Boden was the son of John Boden, a co-founder of the ship furnishing company Rowan & Boden who also promoted opera in Scotland. Unlike his two brothers he didn't want to join the company. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art where his teachers included William Oliphant Hutchison and Frederic Whiting. In 1937 he married Margaret Tulloch. They both attended the Heatherley School of Fine Art in London and in the 1930s they illustrated books together. They had a daughter, Daphne, who became a harpist.

During the Second World War Boden worked as an anti-aircraft gunner. After the war he became a professional portrait painter and he known for his paintings of actors. Around 1953 the well known nude model Pamela Green posed for him. In 1954 he was commissioned to paint field marshall Lord Milne. In 1957 he painted Pope Pius XII and in later years he painted Margaret Thatcher. He painted many portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Due of Edinburgh. He died in London in 1999.

Images

The grave of Leonard Boden at Greenock Cemetery in Greenock, Renfrewshire.
Picture by Androom (03 Jul 2023)

 

Sources
Wikipedia (EN): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Boden


Bodenmüller, Friedrich

Published: 05 Aug 2023
Last update: 05 Aug 2023