A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Harry More Gordon did not take up portraiture until the late 1960s. During the 1950s, More Gordon worked as an art editor and graphic artist on glossy London magazines. He returned to Edinburgh and taught illustration at the College of Art for twenty-five years. In 1999 he undertook an ambitious commission or the Scottish National Portrait Gallery: a group portrait of the former Scottish Secretaries (PG 3153). More Gordon died in 2015, aged 87.