Clifton Pugh

Naomi (Lady) Mitchison, 1897 - 1999. Author (1974)

About this artwork

Edinburgh-born Naomi Mitchison was a writer of plays, fiction, poetry and essays as well as being a passionate campaigner for a range of social and political issues. With her husband, barrister and later Labour MP, G. Richard Mitchison, she entertained a circle of intellectuals and literary friends in their house in Hammersmith and later at Carradale in Kintyre. During the 1950s and 1960s she travelled widely in India, the Middle East and Africa. Her personal involvement with the Bakgatla people of Botswana – to which the inscription on this portrait refers – inspired a number of writings on African issues. Mitchison was awarded a CBE in 1981. She died at Carradale in 1999, aged 101. The National Galleries of Scotland also hold a sculpture bust and an earlier portrait of Mitchison.

Clifton Pugh

Clifton Pugh

Clifton Pugh was a successful Australian artist known for his portraits of politicians, artists and academics, and his paintings of bush landscapes. Born in Melbourne, he attended life drawing classes before serving with the Australian Imperial Force in New Guinea and Japan between 1943 and 1947. In 1951 he bought a property near Melbourne, called Dunmoochin, where he founded the Dunmoochin Artists Society. Between 1957 and 1987 he had numerous one-man exhibitions in Australia and abroad. In 1989 Pugh set up the Dunmoochin Foundation, which to this day provides residences and studio space for artists, as well as preserving the land and wildlife around the estate. His life has been the subject of several books and films.