George Devlin

Sir James Black, 1924 - 2010. Pharmacologist (2001)

About this artwork

The pharmacologist Sir James Black was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988. He is best known for developing the beta-blocker, used in the treatment of coronary heart disease and hypertension. George Devlin, a friend of the sitter, has shown Black at work, writing out the chemical formula of cimetidine, a drug which the artist was taking at the time he was painting the portrait.

George Devlin

George Devlin

George Devlin studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1955-60 and won a scholarship which took him to Greece and Italy. Devlin has won a number of national awards for painting and was elected president of The Glasgow Arts Club in 1997. He worked exclusively in oils for portraiture but is also an accomplished watercolourist. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.