Thelma Mary Bernadette Holt
by Jennifer McRae Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 2001
29 in. x 34 in. (737 mm x 864 mm)
Commissioned and given by BP Travel Award winner, 1999 Jennifer McRae, 2002
Thelma Holt is depicted seated in her office in the heart of the London theatre world. The portrait is the result of numerous sittings, which took place over a four month period. The artist Jennifer McRae studied at Grays School of Art , Aberdeen. Included five times in the BP Portrait Award, she was the winner of the BP Travel Award in 1999.
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