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ID number:  BIRRC-A0008
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Hepple, Norman (1908-1994)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Professor Norman Lancaster
Object type:  Painting
Date made:  1979
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  H.126cm W.100cm D.10.5

Man sitting in with his hands together on his lap with his body facing toward to left and his face front facing. Wearing black robes with gold trib and a white shirt with a black tie. On grey background with some beige in the left corner.

Norman Lancaster, MBE, Hon. LLD, MA, FCA, was president of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1958. He held many positions at the University, including deputy Treasurer in the mid-1960s, and Treasurer 1966-75, before being appointed Pro-Chancellor, 1975-79.

Norman Hepple, born in London, came from a family of artists. His uncle was Wilson Hepple, a noted painter of animals, particularly horses and kittens. Norman Hepple was an official war artist with the National Fire Service during the 1940s, and also a member of the Firemen’s Artists’ Committee, along with other artists such as Leonard Rosoman and Bernard Hailstone. He was killed in a road traffic accident in 1994.

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