About this artwork

In this portrait, Ewing is wearing the same striking red dress she wore for the opening of the new Scottish Parliament in 1999. She presided at the first session, saying: 'The Scottish Parliament, which adjourned on 25 March 1707, is hereby reconvened'. As an able MP in the 1970s, she earned the Scottish National Party a respectable place in political life. Before becoming a Member of the Scottish Parliament, Ewing was a member of the European Parliament where, for her strong views, she became known as Madame Ecosse.

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Norman Edgar

Norman Edgar

Norman Edgar studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1966 to 70 and went on to teach there until 1990, when he left in order to paint full-time. He is a landscape and portrait painter, working in the Colourist tradition. A member of the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, he shows work regularly in the annual Royal Scottish Academy exhibitions. He has long been a resident of Gourock on the south bank of the River Clyde and marine activities feature prominently in his work.