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ID number:  BIRRC-A0023
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Middleton Todd, Arthur Ralph (1891-1966)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Sir Raymond Priestley
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Europe: United Kingdom, West Midlands, Birmingham
Culture:  British School
Date made:  1954
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  109.2 x 86.4 cm

Three quarter length portrait, the sitter looking slightly to the right and wearing Vice Chancellor's robes red robes with a gold trim over his light coloured suit and tie. His right hand is visible but his left is concealed and he is sitting infront of a dark background.

Sir Raymond Priestley, famous as an Antarctic explorer, became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham from 1937 to 1952. Trained as a geologist he embarked on the 'Nimrod' expedition to the Antarctic under the command of Ernest Shackleton in 1907. He came to Birmingham after 2 years at Melbourne University. The artist, Arthur Middleton Todd, was the son of the artist Ralph Middleton Todd. This painting was commissioned by the University of Birmingham in 1954.

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