About this artwork

Gian Carlo Menotti was born in Italy but moved to the United States in the 1920s, where he enrolled at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music. Completing his first opera aged only ten, Menotti soon became enormously successful in the United States as a composer of operatic works in the English language. His best known work is the Christmas classic 'Amahl and the Night Visitors', which was written for television in 1951. His first full-length opera, 'The Consul', won the Pulitzer Prize in 1954, and over the years Menotti has received many honours and awards. In the early 1970s Menotti bought Yester House, the East Lothian country seat of the Marquesses of Tweeddale. The artist has chosen to portray him at home in Yester, amidst personal items and references to Italian art.

Harry More Gordon

Harry More Gordon

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.