More Gordon, Harry (1928-2015)

As a young man Harry More Gordon worked as a graphic artist and freelance illustrator before becoming Art Director of Vogue. Later he returned to Edinburgh College of Art, where earlier he had been a pupil, to become Head of Illustration and remained for twenty-five years. In 1999 he undertook an ambitious commission or the Scottish National Portrait Gallery: a group portrait of the former Scottish Secretaries More Gordon’s work is represented in the Permanent Collections of the National Gallery of Scotland, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Scottish Arts Council, Flemings Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Alongside his still life and flower compositions, Harry More Gordon made a specialty of painting ‘conversation piece’ portraits of families observed in their own environment, traveling widely in Europe and the United States to fulfill these commissions. A major retrospective exhibition of his portraits in watercolour was shown at the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland in 2005. More Gordon died in 2015, aged 87.

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