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In this painting the sitter is positioned looking at the viewer face on. The sitter here is Solly Zuckerman, or Baron Zuckerman. Born in Cape Town in 1904, Zuckerman was educated in South Africa between 1915 and 1924 and developed a fascination with the ape, an interest that later developed into anatomy. He moved to Britain in 1934 as a member of the Oxford University Anatomy Department, and shortly afterwards married Lady Joan Rufus Isaacs in 1939. In the same year he was offered the Sands Cox Chair of Anatomy at the University of Birmingham, but was prevented from accepting it straight away due to the war. When the war ended in 1945, Zuckerman accepted his post, even retaining it on a temporary basis after 1960, when he was appointed a scientific advisor to the Ministry of Defence.
oil on canvas
H 90.2 x W 76.2 cm
commissioned by the University of Birmingham, 1988