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Seamus Heaney

16 of 23 portraits of Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney, by Tai-Shan Schierenberg, 2004 - NPG 6703 - © Tai-Shan Schierenberg / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Tai-Shan Schierenberg / National Portrait Gallery, London

Seamus Heaney

by Tai-Shan Schierenberg
oil on canvas, 2004
38 in. x 36 in. (967 mm x 915 mm)
Purchased, 2005
Primary Collection
NPG 6703


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  • Seamus Justin Heaney (1939-2013), Poet and Nobel Prize winner. Sitter associated with 23 portraits.

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This psychologically penetrating interpretation of one of the leading poets of the late twentieth century offers an interesting counterpoint to the younger Heaney encountered in the whole length portrait by Peter Edwards also in the collection. Schierenberg's portrait came about as a result of a commission for Queen's University, Belfast, where Heaney is Chancellor.

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