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Redisplay of Sir Steve Redgrave Portrait

30 Apr 2024

We are proud to announce that we will soon be redisplaying Justin Mortimer’s portrait of Sir Steve Redgrave, following a loan by the Edington Charitable Trust.

Hung in pride of place within the entrance to the galleries, the portrait was completed in 1998, shortly after the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, where Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent won Team GB’s only gold medal of the Games in their coxless pair.  This very same boat is currently on display in the museum café on the ground floor.

Justin Mortimer won the BP Portrait Award in 1991 and has painted other important commissions such as portraits of HM Queen Elizabeth II and Harold Pinter.  His blend of realism and the abstract creates striking images that are sure to grab attention.

Cate Tren, our Curator, said, “This portrait of Sir Steve Redgrave by Justin Mortimer is a fantastic way for us to celebrate the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It’s an iconic image of an iconic athlete, and hopefully will have a striking impact on our visitors. We’re thrilled to have the portrait back on display and are very grateful to the Edington Charitable Trust for this loan.”

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