2 of 16 portraits of Doris Lessing
by Leonard William McComb
oil on canvas, 1999
71 3/4 in. x 50 in. (1822 mm x 1270 mm)
Commissioned with help from the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 1999
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Artistback to top
- Leonard William McComb (1930-), Artist. Artist of 3 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The artist had ten sittings at the novelist's home. He provided the chair, she the carpet in the background and the sculpture of an anteater.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 378
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1999back to top
Current affairsFollowing referendums in 1997, The Scottish Parliament is opened and Welsh Assembly established in 1999. The new Scottish Parliament has the powers to pass legislation and alter tax. The Welsh Assembly currently has less legislative authority but controls a budget for Wales and can amend legislation passed by Westminster.
The House of Lords Act removes all but 92 Hereditary Lords from the second chamber.