Donald Dewar, 1937 - 2000. Secretary of State and First Minister for Scotland
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Donald Dewar, 1937 - 2000. Secretary of State and First Minister for Scotland 2000

On Display PORTRAIT GALLERY

  • Scottish Art
Dubbed by the press 'father of the nation', Donald Dewar reinstated the Scottish Parliament. He became First Minister in May 1999 and presided over the official opening in July that year. A private man, he had told journalists that his perfect Christmas would be spent alone "with an oven-ready meal and a stack of books". As if commenting on this vision, the sculptor, Archibald Forrest, has balanced Dewar's head on a pile of books. Mostly by Ruskin, they also make reference to Dewar's interest in art. He was particularly fond of the work of the Scottish Colourists.

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Scottish Colourists

A group of Scottish painters comprising S.J. Peploe, F.C.B. Cadell, Leslie Hunter and J.D. Fergusson who were active in the early 20th century. They all spent time in France and were influenced by French artists' bold use of colour and free brushwork.

Scottish Colourists

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 3279
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size Height: 41.80 cm
  • Credit Presented by the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland 2001