Sir Brian Edward Urquhart

1 portrait on display in Room 35 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sir Brian Edward Urquhart, by Philip Pearlstein, 2002 - NPG 6618 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Brian Edward Urquhart

by Philip Pearlstein
oil on canvas, 2002
44 in. x 36 in. (1116 mm x 915 mm)
Commissioned with support from a group of private benefactors, 2002
Primary Collection
NPG 6618


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This portrait was painted entirely from life in a series of two hour sessions in the artist's Manhattan studio. Urquhart is depicted holding the blue helmet of the UN Peace-keeping Force which he helped develop. Characteristic of Pearlstein's approach to his subject, the sitter is cropped and looms large in the composition.