New portrait unveiled: The Rt Hon. the Lord Fowler, The Lord Speaker by Andrew Festing
A new portrait of Lord Fowler, former Lord Speaker, was unveiled in a ceremony in the River Room in September 2021.
The Lord Speaker’s Advisory Panel on Works of Art commissioned the portrait by celebrated painter Andrew Festing in 2019. It was completed in early 2020, however unveiling the artwork was delayed during the pandemic.
Among those attending the event was the chair of the Works of Art Panel Lord Faulkner of Worcester, and the new Lord Speaker Lord McFall. In a speech at the unveiling, Lord Faulkner paid tribute to the contribution of the late Baroness Maddock to the work of the of the Works of Art Panel. Baroness Maddock oversaw and progressed this portrait commission, including visiting the artist during its creation to inspect progress.
About the commission
This portrait joins the Parliamentary Art Collection as the latest in the series of portraits of Lord Speakers. Each portrait was painted whilst the sitter was in office. The importance of this post within the context of the House of Lords’ work means this series is a significant contribution to the recording of the history of Parliament.
Artworks by Andrew Festing can be found at the National Portrait Gallery and other national collections. This most recent piece joins his other works in the Parliamentary Art Collection, including his monumental portrait of the House of Lords Debating the Queen’s Speech in November 1995.