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Tony Blair, MP

© Parliamentary Art Collection. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

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The only formal portrait of Tony Blair to be painted whilst he was Prime Minister. It was commissioned by the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art in the House of Commons. The sittings took place at Chequers shortly before he left office in June 2007. Hale's work is largely figurative, with the emphasis on the isolated figure and often with a strong confrontational element. Of painting Mr Blair, Phil Hale commented: 'I saw my role as a documentarist, and tried – accordingly – to remain as transparent a presence as possible.

Parliamentary Art Collection

  • Date

    2008

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    135.6 x 105.5 cm

  • Accession number

    WOA 6791

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Parliamentary Art Collection

The Curator's Office Department of Information Services House of Commons 1 Canon Row, Greater London SW1A 0AA England

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