About this artwork

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.

Vincent Butler

Vincent Butler