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Six Academy Presidents (Gallus Gallus with Still Life and Presidents)

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The commissioning of this painting coincided with the British Academy’s centenary in 2002, and depicts the six Presidents of the Academy who were then living. The painting won the NPG/BP Portrait Award in 2001. Left to right, the painting shows: Lord Quirk (President, 1985–1989), Quain Professor of English Language and Literature, University College London where he was also Director of the Survey of English Usage.

The British Academy





oil on linen


H 167 x W 147.5 cm

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commissioned, 2001

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