by James Lloyd
oil on canvas, 2012
74 7/8 in. x 47 3/8 in. (1902 mm x 1202 mm)
Commissioned; made possible by J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions, 2012
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Sittings for this portrait began in 2011, and took place in between Dame Maggie's filming commitments. Informally dressed, she is shown sitting on a purpose-built trompe-l'oeil platform at the painter's studio in Southwark. Lloyd chose to portray the actress in a frank, contemporary style, a contrast to the manner in which she appears for film and television roles.