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New Portrait of Archbishop Unveiled

Friday 6th May 2011

A new portrait of the Archbishop of York was unveiled on 4 May 2011. The oil on canvas painting by Jane Allison was commissioned by the Corporation of Church House.

It will hang in the Drawing Room at Bishopthorpe Palace alongside the portraits of previous Archbishops sponsored by them.

 Ms Allison, who was present at the unveiling, had previously painted Dr John Sentamu when he was Bishop of Birmingham.

 The painting took eight sittings over the course of a year, and shows the Archbishop in a ceremonial cloak which dates back to the time of Archbishop William Maclagan in the early 1900s. It is also the cloak that Dr Sentamu wore at his daughter’s wedding.

 Dr Sentamu said:  “I think the portrait is marvellous. Jane paints exactly how she sees you, so, if you don’t like the way you look that’s tough!  

“When Jane painted my portrait when I was in Birmingham, it hung in the National Portrait Gallery for 6 months – she is wonderfully gifted. It’s almost unique in looking like photography. ”

 Ms Allison said: “I am pleased with it. It ranks as probably my favourite portrait, partly because the subject was so good.”


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