Sir Neil Cossons OBE

Made:
1996-1999 in London
artist:
Keith Holmes

Painting. Sir Neil Cossons OBE, by Keith Holmes, artist in residence at the Science Museum, 1994 to 1996, completed 1999. Oil on board; image 102x121cm in frame by artist, 107x125x3.5cm. Left hand panel of a triptych about the Science Museum: looking at curatorship. The Director is seated working in his office, a modern manager using communications technologies. Behind him looking over his shoulder, a Parianware bust of Albert Prince Consort [by Brown-Westhead Moore Co, 1862; our Inv.1991-79], and hints of past curatorship and industrial heritage, Ironbridge; on the desk, present and future science including DNA, 60 molecular model, plan of the Wellcome Wing opening 2000, pictorial heritage represented by postcard of oil painting 'Coalbrookdale by Night' by Loutherbourg 1801 (Inv.1952-452), and a prism reflecting also the PRISM Fund and museum outreach programme; entry ticket hints at museum charges issue

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1996-580/1
Measurements:
frame: 1070 mm x 1250 mm x 35 mm,
image: 1020 mm x 1210 mm
type:
portrait
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • visual and verbal communication
  • oil painting - visual work
credit:
Holmes, Keith