Ishbel Myerscough; Chantal Joffe ('Two Girls')

Ishbel Myerscough; Chantal Joffe ('Two Girls'), by Ishbel Myerscough, 1991 - NPG 6959 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ishbel Myerscough; Chantal Joffe ('Two Girls')

by Ishbel Myerscough
oil on canvas, 1991
23 in. x 39 in. (584 mm x 990 mm)
Bequeathed by Stanley James Ellwood and Shirley Anne Ellwood, 2013
Primary Collection
NPG 6959

On display at The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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  • Chantal Joffe (1969-), Artist. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
  • Ishbel Myerscough (1968-), Artist. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 9 portraits.

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As a painted self-portrait by a woman artist, this work is unique within the Gallery's Contemporary Collection. Myerscough and Chantal Joffe studied together at the Glasgow School of Art, and this portrait was included in Myerscough's 1991 degree show. One of several paintings Myerscough has made of herself and Joffe, this work continues the historical tradition of depictions of friendship via a double portrait. In 2015, the display Friendship Portraits was held at the Gallery capturing their particular artistic collaboration. Also a figurative painter, Joffe’s work reflects upon the constructed nature of female representation.

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Current affairs

Publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell dies after falling from his yacht in the Canary Islands. Although the verdict was 'accidental death', suspicions of suicide or murder were raised because of his alleged connections to Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, and the revelation that he had used hundreds of millions of pounds from his companies' pension funds to finance his corporate debt and lavish lifestyle.

Art and science

Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock group Queen, dies of Aids.
Marc Quinn brings a new meaning to the term 'Self-Portrait' with his work Self, a cast of the artists' head made out of his own blood.


Members of the USSR sign the Alma-Ata Protocol, disbanding the Union in favour of a Commonwealth of Independent States, thereby granting independence to the various republics.
The Revolutionary United Front begins a civil war against the government of Sierra Leone in West Africa. Tens of thousands die in eleven years of violence.
Civil War breaks out in the former Yugoslavia as Slovenia and Croatia declare their independence.

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