Harry More Gordon

Eight Secretaries of State for Scotland: Lord Younger of Leckie; Sir Malcolm Rifkind; Bruce Millan; Lord Lang of Monkton; Sir Michael Forsyth;... (1999)

About this artwork

The room seen here was furnished to be a library and a study when Bute House in Edinburgh's Charlotte Square became the residence of the Secretary of State for Scotland in 1970. The seven men depicted in this watercolour were all Secretaries of State for Scotland in the thirty year period from 1979. Lord Ross died well before this group portrait was painted, but he was included at the suggestion of the other sitters. He appears in a photograph on the mantelpiece. Bute House is now home to the First Minister.

  • title: Eight Secretaries of State for Scotland: Lord Younger of Leckie; Sir Malcolm Rifkind; Bruce Millan; Lord Lang of Monkton; Sir Michael Forsyth; Lord Campbell of Croy, 1921 - 2005; Donald Dewar, 1937 - 2000; Lord Ross of Marnock, 1911 - 1988
  • accession number: PG 3153
  • artist: Harry More GordonEnglish (1928 - 2015)
  • depicted: Lord Younger of Leckie
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • subject: Interior Politics and government
  • medium: Watercolour
  • date created: 1999
  • measurements: 52.50 x 147.20 cm (framed: 66.00 x 163.50 x 2.00 cm)
  • credit line: Commissioned 1999
  • copyright: © HARRY MORE GORDON
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

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.