I'm very excited to share news of the unveiling of my portrait of Professor David Ritchie at the Royal London Hospital. The portrait was commissioned by Professor Ritchie's sons and hangs on the staircase of the medical school. Professor Ritchie was a noted surgeon and dean of the school until his retirement.
Painted from photographic slides, the portrait shows Professor Ritchie during his formative years as a surgeon, at the famous Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. The portrait posed some unique challenges, being a compilation of several reference images, all suffering from deteriorated colour.
By chance, and to my great delight, the portrait hangs next to another painted in the 1900s by Sir John Collier, author of one of my favourite treatises on oil painting 'A Manual of Oil Painting'.
The unveiling was attended by hospital staff and several generations of Professor Ritchie's family. Photographer Andy Alfred was there to record the occasion.
To enquire about commissioning a portrait please message me here.
Ben Laughton Smith
Contemporary works of art in the classical tradition.