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Dame Cicely Mary Strode Saunders

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Dame Cicely Mary Strode Saunders, by Catherine Goodman, 2005 - NPG 6704 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Cicely Mary Strode Saunders

by Catherine Goodman
oil on canvas, 2005
35 7/8 in. x 27 7/8 in. (912 mm x 707 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, BP Portrait Award, 2002, 2005
Primary Collection
NPG 6704


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Painted in Dame Cicely's home during regular weekly sittings this portrait is a witness to a close bond between the subject and artist and a poignant record of Dame Cicely's own battle with pain, having undergone further surgery for cancer during the sittings. Becoming fascinated and engaged by the collaborative nature of the process Dame Cicely said to the artist on the portrait's completion: 'I see this as much my work as yours'.

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