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Sir Charles Grant Robertson (1869–1948), Vice-Chancellor

© estate of the artist. Photo credit: University of Birmingham

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Three-quarter-length portrait, the sitter facing three-quarters left, wearing a Vice Chancellor's gown and with his hands clasped on his lap. Charles Grant Robertson was a historian. He came from Oxford where he was a Fellow of All Souls College and was a tutor of the Prince of Wales. He succeeded Sir Oliver Lodge as Vice-Chancellor in 1920 and continued his post up until 1938. Through his influence and diplomacy, the University built the Barber Institute in 1939. The artist here, James Gunn, was a Glaswegian painter who later moved to Paris where he remained up until 1914, when he returned to England and became an important portrait painter.

University of Birmingham



Sir Charles Grant Robertson (1869–1948), Vice-Chancellor




oil on canvas


H 109.2 x W 91.4 cm

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commissioned by the University of Birmingham, 1938

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Signed, bottom right, James Gunn


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