Lord Scarman (1911–2004), Chancellor of the University (1977–1989)

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Lord Scarman was a Judge and Law Lord from 1977–1986, and author of 'The Scarman Report, The Brixton Disorders 10-12 April 1981'. The portrait in the background is of Mark Douglas, the Rastafarian who ran the restaurant in South London where Tom Phillips and Lord Scarman lunched during sittings. The columns symbolise the Pillars of the Law. Phillips explained these as a visual pun as Lord Scarman was a Pillar of the Establishment and 'a capital fellow'. The quotation is taken from Thomas Paine's 'The Rights of Man'. 57TR is 57 Talfourd Road where the sittings took place; Ch88 is Charter 88 founded by Lord Scarman and others with the intention of gaining support for the idea of a (BI)LL of RIGH(TS).

University of Warwick



Lord Scarman (1911–2004), Chancellor of the University (1977–1989)




oil on canvas


H 119 x W 90 cm

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Acquisition method

commissioned, 1989

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Inscription description

signed with monogram & dated

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University of Warwick

Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7AL England

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