Benita Stoney portrait of Sir Andrew Burns
In December 2015 we added a new work to the collections, unveiling a portrait of the former Chair of Council, Sir Andrew Burns.
We selected artist Benita Stoney to produce the portrait as her work has a strong link to our collections. Benita works exclusively in tempera paint, a type of paint made from egg yolk and was used by artists, such as Botticelli, before the invention of oil paint in the 15th century.
The medium was rediscovered in the 19th century and its revival was spearheaded by Lady Christiana Herringham who experimented with the medium and encouraged others to do the same by founding the Society of Painters in Tempera.
Royal Holloway holds almost two hundred of Heringham’s works and it is wonderful to be able make a new addition to the collections that is so strongly linked to Herringham’s own art.