(George Edward) Peter Thorneycroft, Baron Thorneycroft

1 portrait of (George Edward) Peter Thorneycroft, Baron Thorneycroft

(George Edward) Peter Thorneycroft, Baron Thorneycroft

by Sir Sidney Robert Nolan
oil on board, 1979
48 in. x 36 in. (1220 mm x 914 mm)
Purchased, 1999
Primary Collection
NPG 6495


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Painted towards the end of the distinguished Australian artist's career, the portrait makes reference to the Blue Streak intercontinental ballistic missile, developed by British scientists during the 1950s. Cancellation of the missile's testing programme in Australia caused dismay at the loss of investment, and it fell to Thorneycroft as the incoming Minister of Aviation, to broker civilian use of the missile as a satellite launcher.

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