Artwork - Lord Falconer of Thoroton

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  • Title: Lord Falconer of Thoroton
  • Artist: Michael Taylor
  • Date: 2007--
  • Medium: Oil painting
  • Categories: Portraits
  • Catalogue number: WOA 6560
  • Description: Lord Falconer of Thoroton, Lord Chancellor 2003-2007,the last person to combine the roles of Speaker, Lord Chancellor and Head of the Judiciary making this portrait particularly significant and important from an historical perspective. He is shown here in his Office leaning forward on a House of Lords chair. On the surface to his side sits the Lord Chancellors purse, his ceremonial wig and a mirror, in which the modernity of his office reflected.

    Lord Falconer was educated at Trinity College, Glenalmond and later Queens\' College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar, Inner Temple in 1974, became a QC in 1991 and was elected Master, Bench of the Inner Temple in 1997. Falconers Career in the House of Lords began in 1997 when he was raised to peerage as Baron Falconer of Thoroton, in the County of Nottinghamshire and subsequently began his role as Solicitor General 1997-98. Following this he became Minister of State and Government Spokesperson for the Cabinet Office 1998-2001, Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (Minister for Housing, Planning and Regeneration) 2001-02, Home Office (Criminal Justice, Sentencing and Law Reform) 2002-03; Secretary of State and Government Spokesperson for Constitutional Affairs/Justice and Lord Chancellor from 2003 until 2007.

    The artist Michael Taylor is an award winning artist and a member of the Royal Society of Portrait painters. He has undertaken, amongst many others two portraits commissions for the National Portrait Gallery including one of P D James, Baroness James of Holland Park.

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