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ID number:  BIRRC-A0003
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art
Artist / Maker:  Freeth, Hubert A. (1913-1986)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Sir Stephen Burman
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  London; Birmingham
Culture:  British School
Date made:  1966
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  H.123cm W.98cm D.9.5cm

Man sitting down with hands resting together on the arm of the chair. Wearing a dark blue tie with black robes with a gold trim. Blue and murky orange background.

Sir Stephen F Burman, CBE, Hon. LLD, MA, was Pro-Chancellor 1955-66. He ran the local machinery manufacturing company Burman & Sons, and was active in local business, serving as president of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1950. His son, Roger, was Pro-Chancellor 1994-2001. Two generations of Burmans have held the Pro-Chancellorship, a record superseded only by the Beales’ three.

Hubert Freeth was born and educated in the West Midlands, where he trained as a printmaker. He showed at both the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and the Royal Watercolour Society, of which he was president 1974-76. Among his portraits in the National Portrait Gallery are those of the politician Enoch Powell and the writer Alan Silitoe.

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