Eric Liddell, 1902 - 1945. Athlete and missionary (1925)
About this artwork
'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.
- title: Eric Liddell, 1902 - 1945. Athlete and missionary
- accession number: PG 2992
- artist: Eileen SoperScottish (1905 - 1990)
- depicted: Eric Liddell
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
- object type: Painting
- subject: Religion and occultism Sport and leisure
- materials: Oil on canvas
- date created: 1925
- measurements: 73.50 x 61.50 cm (framed: 91.60 x 81.00 x 9.00 cm)
- credit line: Purchased 1995
- copyright: © Chris Beetles Gallery of behalf of the Artist.
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
Best known as the original illustrator of Enid Blyton's books, Eileen Soper was particularly fond of depicting children and animals. She was born in Enfield, Middlesex, and then moved to Hertfordshire where her artist father, George, created a wildlife sanctuary in their garden. Soper sketched many of the animals living there, including deer and badgers, and made etchings and engravings from an early age. She also wrote several books for children and produced a series of natural history books.