Congratulations go to OD (2010-2017) Grace Payne-Kumar, whose captivating portrait of Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk, and Trustee to the Scottish Arts Trust, has recently been unveiled and displayed at Edinburgh’s Parliament Hall.
The portrait was commissioned to mark Lady Dorrian’s elevation as the first woman to hold the office of Lord Justice Clerk.
On leaving Dauntsey’s, Grace spent two years at the Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence and is now in her third year studying English at Edinburgh University. Talking about her portrait, Grace said;
“It’s a great privilege to see the portrait displayed in this setting, hanging as it does alongside some of the greats of portraiture, including Sargent and Raeburn.
“Having trained in Florence, the influence of the great masters of portraits - especially Titian - is evident in my work. The portrait is in the classical style, true to nature, drawing attention to the eyes of the sitter, trying to translate the character of Lady Dorian into the portrait.
“It has been truly humbling to have been selected to paint such an inspiring woman. The fact that Lady Dorrian has used her platform to give me the opportunity to build my career is just one example of how we can encourage and propel one another forward as women in industry.”
The art department is looking forward to welcoming Grace back to talk to current A Level students about her experiences in Florence and Edinburgh.