Fiona Shaw Painting Hung in National Portrait Gallery

News   Fiona Shaw Painting Hung in National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery has added a painting of Fiona Shaw to its already impressive collection of actors on canvas.

Painted by Victoria Russell, the portrait - which has not yet been photographed by the Gallery so is currently unavailable on the web - shows Ms. Shaw wearing a bra and petticoat, with a slightly humorous expression on her face.

The artist studied Shaw while she acted in Medea, as well as having more conventional sittings with her. The picture is not essentially a theatrical one, but it does - very effectively - convey Fiona Shaw's intelligence and strength of character as well as the sense of humor that was not much called on in Medea but which shone through her performance as Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the National.

—by Paul Webb Theatrenow