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ID number:  BIRRC-A0002
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  West, E. Waldron
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Humphrey F. Humphreys
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Europe: United Kingdom, West Midlands, Birmingham
Culture:  British School
Date made:  1953
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  99.1 x 78.7 cm
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Man sitting on a wooden chair wearing red robes with a gold trim over a dark suit and tie with a white shirt. He is looking off frame towards the right hand side with one hand on the arm of the chair. Dark brown background.

This half length portrait has been posed facing the viewer, the subject dressed in vice-chancellor's robes. H.F. Humphreys was vice-chancellor of Birmingham University from 1949 until his death in 1953. Previous to his appointment as vice-chancellor he had been a professor in Birmingham University's Dental School. This particular portrait thereofore is a posthumous image of the sitter. The artist Waldron West was an assistant to the Welsh artist and designer Frank Brangwyn and his work can also be seen in Sandwell and Worcester City Museums.

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