© National Portrait Gallery, London
Dame Vivien Louise Duffield
by Charlotte Harris Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 2005
38 1/4 in. x 28 5/8 in. (970 mm x 728 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, BP Portrait Award, 2003, 2006
Charlotte Harris won the first prize in the BP Portrait Award 2003 when she was still a student. The books in the painting reflect Dame Vivien's passions, which include opera, ballet, art and literature.
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