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Thomas Lothian Johnston (1927–2009)

© Victoria Crowe. Image credit: Heriot-Watt University

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Tom Johnston, Principal from 1981 to 1988, did so much to build up the University’s art collection. Although he is wearing the Vice-Chancellor’s gown with its heavy silver lace, the way Principal Johnston is posed against the sunlit foliage of the sunken garden lightens the effect and marks a break with the sombre tradition of the boardroom.

Heriot-Watt University



Thomas Lothian Johnston (1927–2009)


oil on canvas


H 109.4 x W 94.4 cm

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Victoria Crowe 88/89


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