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Three-quarter-length portrait, the sitter looking slightly to the right and wearing vice-chancellor's robes. His right hand is visible but his left is concealed. 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.
oil on canvas
109.2 x 86.4 cm
commissioned by the University of Birmingham, 1954
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT EnglandView venue
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