Gordon Joseph Cardinal Gray, 1910 - 1993. Church leader
© Vincent Butler

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Gordon Joseph Cardinal Gray, 1910 - 1993. Church leader 1990
  • Scottish Art
To mark his 80th birthday, a bust of Gordon Joseph Cardinal Gray was commissioned for St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Edinburgh in 1990. The first cast is in the Cathedral, the second was donated to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery by the artist. No other casts exist. Edinburgh-born Gordon Gray became the first Roman Catholic Cardinal in Scotland since the Reformation. Ordained as a priest in 1935 and appointed Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in 1951, he was named a Cardinal in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. He played a major role in improving inter-denominational relations in Scotland and was greatly admired for his tolerance and benevolence.

Glossary Open


Sculpted portrait consisting of the head and the top of the shoulders.


The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.


A 16th century movement that sought reform of the Roman Catholic Church. It was led by figures such as Martin Luther and John Calvin who saw the church as increasingly corrupt and moving away from Christian principles. It resulted in the establishment of the Protestant denominations.

Bust, Cast, Reformation


  • Acc. No. PG 3186
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size Height: 53.10 cm
  • Credit Presented by the artist, Vincent Butler 2000