© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Stuart Pearson Wright Click on the links below to find out more
16 1/2 in. x 11 3/4 in. (420 mm x 297 mm)
- Diane Julie Abbott (1953-), Labour politician; MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington. Sitter in 4 portraits.
This drawing is a preparatory sketch made during sittings for the oil portrait of Abbott commissioned by the Houses of Parliament, now in Portcullis House. Unlike the oil painting, which is a head only, the composition of this drawing extends onto a second piece of paper to become a half-length view of Abbott seated. The artist felt strongly that he wished to include the sitter's hands in this version, as he believed they said as much about Abbott as her face.
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Art and science
A year of blockbuster exhibitions including Modernism
at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a Surrealism exhibition at the Haywood Gallery, Michaelangelo Drawings
at the British Museum
at the National Gallery, Rodin
at the Royal Academy, Holbein
at Tate Britain, and David Hockney Portraits
at the National Portrait Gallery.
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