Captured in oil

At the reception held at the House of Lords last December to mark the 30th anniversary of my appointment as Professor of Government at the University of Hull, two of my closest friends, both former students of mine, spoke.  Ken Batty announced that a group of my friends had got together to commission the painting of my portrait by the artist Alex Debenham.  Sittings for the portrait were completed earlier this year.  Last night, the portrait was unveiled by the Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler, at a reception at the Lords.  Guests were as impressed as I was by the quality.  I think the artist has done a superb job.   All I have to decide now is where to put it on display.

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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17 Responses to Captured in oil

  1. Croft says:

    A former MP has one of his dog in pride of place and a letter from the PM in the loo. Make of that what you will.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Caption competition!

  3. tizres says:

    Impressive; the teapot is a nice touch. Where did the sittings take place?

  4. Amanda says:

    Beautiful painting and totally encapsulates you and your personality.

  5. maude elwes says:

    Clever artist. But, makes you appear sad and stiff. Also has an out of focus lower half?
    Don’t know what it is about the previous red room pic, but, it does something pleasing for your bearing. Maybe the lighting? Nevertheless, that is the better of the two. From my point of view..

    Definitely a distinguished looking man!

  6. Croft says:


    Perhaps I’ve just skipped past it before but without thinking further but I noticed this in hansard.


    The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Michael Gove)

    indicated assent.


    I was under the impression Hansard only recorded spoken words.

    • tizres says:

      I saw a TV prog recently (possibly one of the info-mercials on BBC Parliament?) in which the job spec of Hansard reporters was referenced; they are not transcribers, they try to provide the right colour to the events. Hansard describes their output as “…the edited verbatim report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.”

      Were you looking at Clause 30, by any chance?

      • tizres says:

        Unusually short, I agree. Mr Gove did give ground to the idea that the Animal Welfare Act was not “the right legislative vehicle” in his Written Statement, 23 November 2017.

  7. Croft says:

    Yes I was. I suspect it was because the were a whole series of ‘indicated assent’ in a very short part of the debate that caught my eye.

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