Michael McGahey, 1925 - 1999. Mining trade unionist
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Michael McGahey, 1925 - 1999. Mining trade unionist 1988


  • Scottish Art
Maggie Hambling's portrait of Michael 'Mick' McGahey shows the retired union leader sitting in front of a banner given to Scottish miners by their Russian counterparts in 1929. McGahey, who went down the pits at fourteen, was a life-long member of the Communist party and a staunch defender of the mining communities. President of the Scottish Area, and Vice-President of the National Union of Mineworkers, he led the Scottish miners during the disputes of the 1970s and 1980s, culminating in the bitter strike of 1984.


  • Acc. No. PG 2747
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 122.00 x 96.50 cm (framed: 135.00 x 109.80 x 4.00 cm)
  • Credit Commissioned 1988