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Onora Sylvia O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve

14 of 14 portraits on display at British Academy, London

Onora Sylvia O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, by Victoria Kate Russell, 2004 - NPG 6681 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Onora Sylvia O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve

by Victoria Kate Russell
oil on canvas, 2004
48 1/4 in. x 36 1/4 in. (1226 mm x 922 mm)
Commissioned, 2004
Primary Collection
NPG 6681


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O'Neill took an active interest in the portrait making process and requested an artist who could paint women with an understated approach. Russell has successfully achieved this through a stripping away of the background and focus on the subject, who sits slightly below the artist's sightline. Sittings began in the laundry room at Newnham College, the only room that provided northern light, and were continued at the artist's East London studio.

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