Richard D. Willson

Tony Blair, b. 1953. Prime Minister; Donald Dewar, 1937 - 2000. Secretary of State and First Minister for Scotland; Alex Salmond, b. 1954. Leader...

About this artwork

After many years of campaigning for devolution and self-government, the Scotland Act 1998 led to the establishment of the first Scottish Parliament since 1707. The Parliament was officially convened on 1 July 1999, triggering extensive public and media interest even before its opening. This cartoon appeared in ‘The Times’ on 28 August 1998. It shows a dapper Tony Blair as an eighteenth-century officer mocking First Minister Donald Dewar’s defence of the United Kingdom against the advance of Alex Salmond and the Scottish National Party. It was subsequently bought by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and featured in its 1999 exhibition, ‘Political Contemporaries’, to mark the opening of the Scottish Parliament.

Richard D. Willson

Richard D. Willson