Artwork - Sir Menzies Campbell

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  • Title: Sir Menzies Campbell
  • Artist: Victoria Crowe
  • Date: 2008--
  • Medium: Oil painting
  • Dimensions: 101.6cm (h) x 76.2cm (w) x - (d) x - (dia)
  • Catalogue number: WOA 6937
  • Description:


    Menzies \'Ming\' Campbell served as Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party from 2 March 2006 until 15 October 2007. Born in Glasgow, he attended the University of Glasgow, graduating with an MA and an LLB, before taking up a scholarship to study at Stanford University in California. A competitive sprinter, he represented Great Britain in the 200 metres at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and Scotland in the 1966 Commonwealth Games. He also captained the Great Britain athletics team in 1965 and 1966, and had the distinction of holding the British 100 metres record for seven years from 1967 to 1974. Following his successful career in athletics he qualified as an advocate and became a Q.C. in 1982; his interest in politics manifested itself when he became chairman of the Scottish Liberals in 1975. He entered Parliament in 1987, when he won the seat for North East Fife. At Westminster he served primarily as a defence and foreign affairs spokesman, becoming Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in 1997, he became a Privy Councillor in 2000 and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2003. In 2004 he received a knighthood in recognition of his services to Parliament.

    Of his portrait Menzies Campbell commented;“I appreciate very much to have been honoured by the House of Commons in this way. Both my wife and I are highly delighted with the portrait. It was a very great pleasure to sit for Victoria Crowe who made me feel relaxed and comfortable.


    Victoria Crowe studied at Kingston School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, before joining Edinburgh College of Art in 1968, where she taught drawing and painting until 1998. She is interested in the psychological tension in portraits and is interested in the philosophy of her sitters and \'their commitment to life\'s work\'. She was awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to art. Of the portrait Victoria Crowe said;“I very much enjoyed working on this portrait, the sittings took place over a week and Menzies was very disciplined indeed- only looking at the portrait once it was complete. I felt whilst it was important to make reference to his political life within the painting it was also necessary to include reference to Scotland and his constituency. I have also included the iconic image of Menzies running in the 1960s making mention of his physical achievements earlier in his life as a sprinter”.

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