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ID number:  BIRRC-A1093
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Schwarz, Hans
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Clive and David Swift
Object type:  Painting
Date made:  1984
Materials:  Acrylic on card
Measurements:  Frame: W 84 x L 140cm work: 78 x 133.5 cm
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Clive Swift is a British comedy actor and songwriter. Best known for his role as Richard Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances (1990-95), he has appeared in numerous BBC productions including The Old Guys (2009 - 2010), Born and Bred (2002 – 2005) and the BBC adaptation of The Pickwick Papers (1985). He spent eight years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, with roles including Falstaff in the Merry Wives of Windsor and Cloten in Cymbeline.

David Swift made his acting debut later in life, following his brother onto the small screen in the 1960’s after a career in business. The role of the news reader Henry Davenport in Drop the Dead Donkey (1990 – 1998) gave him his breakthrough, following a career of supporting roles mainly on television. This included a role in Bloomers (1979) starring alongside Richard Beckinsdale, a series cut short by Beckinsdale’s untimely death.

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