by Tai-Shan Schierenberg
oil on canvas, 1992
71 3/4 in. x 72 in. (1825 mm x 1830 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, John Player Portrait Award, 1989, 1992
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Sitterback to top
- Sir John Clifford Mortimer (1923-2009), Barrister, playwright and writer. Sitter in 9 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Tai-Shan Schierenberg (1962-), Painter. Artist of 4 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Mortimer sat for Tai-Shan Schierenberg in 1992 as a National Portrait Gallery commission. The sittings took place in the artist's studio behind the White House in Regent's Park; John Mortimer recalled the discomfort ('it was absolute agony') of the grim, cold surroundings, though he subsequently turned them to advantage as the setting of a murder in one of the Rumpole episodes. The portrait depicted as if hanging on the wall behind Mortimer is of the artist and was described by the sitter as 'a mysterious version of him'.
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Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Icons and Idols: Commissioning Contemporary Portraits (2 March 2006 - 18 June 2006)
See this portrait
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery