© The Artist's Estate
Norah McGuinness, Irish, 1901-1980
Title: Portrait of Michael Scott (1905-1989), Architect
Date: 1964
Medium: Oil on canvas
60 x 45 cm
Credit Line: Presented, in memory of Katherine Brady, the sitter's House Keeper, 2011
Object Number: NGI.2011.1
Label TextNorah McGuinness was one of many artist-friends of the celebrated Irish architect Michael Scott. She painted this portrait while Scott was convalescing following a heart-attack (from which he made a full recovery). Wearing yellow, silk pyjamas, Scott sits in his room in St Vincent’s Hospital (then at 56 St Stephen’s Green East). His son later recalled that the greyishness of the skin and rather dejected expression capture accurately his father’s physical state and mood at the time.