DUFFY, CAROL ANN (b. 1955)
PORTRAIT BY PETER EDWARDS (b. 1955), oil on canvas, head and shoulders in profile facing right, against a background of books, signed by the artist on the recto ('PE 87') and inscribed by him on the stretcher ('Carol Ann Duffy 3 Camp View Wimbledon 1987'), framed, size of image 24 x 36 inches (61 x 91.5 cm), overall size 26 x 38 inches (66 x 97 cm), 1987
Peter Edwards and Carol Ann Duffy are good long-term friends. He has made one other portrait of her for which this is a finished oil preparatory study, though quite different from it. See Peter Edwards web site (www.peteredwards.net) for the present image in the sequence of sketches, drawings and finished version of his portrait of Carol Ann Duffy ('Evolution of a Portrait').
There is no portrait in oils of the current Poet Laureate in the National Portrait Galley, only two photographs.
PROVENANCE: Peter Edwards.