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

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This drawing is a study for Soper’s portrait of Eric Liddell, which is also in the National Galleries of Scotland Collections. The portrait was painted in 1925, a year after the runner’s famous victory at the men’s 400 metres at the Paris Olympics. Soper was a family friend and it is no small achievement that he allowed her to paint his portrait as he was a strict evangelical Christian and a pillar of the Scottish Congregational Church, who preached against personal vanity and who disapproved of pictures on religious grounds. No other portraits of him exist.


  • Acc. No. PG 3018
  • Medium Pencil on paper
  • Size 24.70 x 19.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1996