Meredith Frampton

Sir Charles Grant Robertson, 1869 - 1948. Historian

About this artwork

This portrait was painted to mark the retirement of Sir Charles Grant Robertson as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham University. His publication of two important historical atlases and his interests in music and gardening are all symbolised in the portrait. His struggle to found the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is also marked by the architect's drawing of the building in the background. Frampton's academic style of portraiture was once completely scorned but the advent of photo-realism brought it back into fashion late in his life.

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