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  • Title: John Major MP
  • Artist: June Mendoza
  • Date: 1996--
  • Medium: Oil painting
  • Dimensions: 90.5cm (h) x 70.4cm (w) x - (d) x - (dia)
  • Categories: Portraits
  • Catalogue number: WOA 5344
  • Description: The Australian born artist June Mendoza began her artistic career at a young age; by seventeen the artist was designing book jackets, magazine illustrations, town planning, exhibition artwork, record sleeves, portraits and a monthly illustrated strip. Mendoza also took up acting professionally in the west end, on film, TV and radio although eventually painting and portraiture became the main focus and full time profession. Among her many commissions Mendoza has painted Baroness Margaret Thatcher and the group portrait set within the House of Commons Chamber in 1986 (WOA 3232) \'Portrait painting is a fascinating profession. You work with so many different people from every walk of life and in so many different parts of the world….its an exciting, enriching business.\'

    Sir John Major, Prime Minister November 1990 -May 1997, was bought up in Brixton, south London and trained as a banker. From 1968 to 1971 he was a Conservative councilor for the London borough of Lambeth then becoming MP for Huntingdon at the 1979 election. He later joined the cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and later Secretary of State to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office then Chancellor of the Exchequer and HM Treasury.

    In 1990 Sir John was elected as Leader of the Conservative Party and became Prime Minister, the youngest for a century.

    In an interview with House magazine in 1989 major said; \'If you\'re fascinated by history, as I was, politics inevitably becomes enmeshed with it. My interest became live when I was thirteen and I saw the House of Commons. ….I joined the party on my sixteenth birthday.\'

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