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Eric Liddell, 1902 - 1945. Athlete and missionary
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Eric Liddell, 1902 - 1945. Athlete and missionary 1925


  • Scottish Art
'The Flying Scotsman', Eric Liddell, won a gold medal in the men's 400 metres at the Paris Olympics in 1924. He had dropped out of the 100 metres, because as a fervent evangelical Christian he would not participate in the qualifying runs held on a Sunday. Liddell had been born to a Scottish missionary couple in China and this is where he returned in 1925 as a missionary teacher. In 1943, at the time of the Japanese invasion of China, he was interned and later died in a Japanese camp of a brain tumour. The 1981 film, Chariots of Fire, told the story of Liddell's athletic career.

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A branch of Protestant Christianity which emphasises the authority of the Bible and the achievement of personal conversion.



  • Acc. No. PG 2992
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 73.50 x 61.50 cm (framed: 91.60 x 81.00 x 9.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1995