Norman Edgar

Cardinal Thomas Winning, 1925 - 2001. Archbishop of Glasgow and cardinal (about 1994)

About this artwork

Thomas Winning was born in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, as the son of a poverty-stricken, often unemployed, coal-miner. On finishing school in 1942, Winning applied to the archdiocese of Glasgow to study for the priesthood, and was eventually ordained at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome. Winning returned to Lanarkshire, where – apart from a five-year period in Rome – he stayed to carry out several pastoral roles as well as clerical functions with increasing responsibility. In 1974, Pope Paul VI appointed Winning Archbishop of Glasgow. An outspoken man, Winning was known for his social radicalism and his conservative opinions on such topics as contraception, abortion and homosexuality. He was created cardinal in 1994, and is painted here in his cardinal’s robes to mark the appointment.

Norman Edgar

Norman Edgar

Norman Edgar studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1966 to 70 and went on to teach there until 1990, when he left in order to paint full-time. He is a landscape and portrait painter, working in the Colourist tradition. A member of the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, he shows work regularly in the annual Royal Scottish Academy exhibitions. He has long been a resident of Gourock on the south bank of the River Clyde and marine activities feature prominently in his work.