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ID number:  BIRRC-A0024
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Gunn, Sir James (1893-1964)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Sir Charles Grant Robertson
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  London
Culture:  British School
Date made:  1938
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  109.2 x 91.4 cm Outside Frame H 154 x W 110cm
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Three quarter length portrait, the sitter facing slightly towards the left, wearing a Vice Chancellor's gown which is red with a gold trim over his black suit and bow tie, and sitting with his hands clasped on his lap. Dark grey background.

Charles Grant Robertson was a historian. He came from Oxford where he was a Fellow of All Souls College and was a tutor the Prince of Wales. He suceeded Sir Oliver Lodge as Vice-Chancellor in 1920 and continued his post up until 1938. Through his influence and diplomacy, the University built the Barber Institute in 1939. The artist here, James Gunn, was a Glaswegian painter who later moved to Paris where he remained up until 1914, when he returned to England and became an important portrait painter.

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