The Honourable Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott
Object name: Painting
Artist: Muli Tang
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 117 x 91.4 cm
Catalogue no.: O-2152
This portrait of Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott was unveiled 110 years after he resigned as Prime Minister due to ill health. The composition of the painting is based on a Topley Studio photograph taken in February 1892, a year before his death. The artist incorporated elements from other photographs to create a portrait of a rested and determined Prime Minister.
Born in Shanghai, Muli Tang studied fine arts in Beijing before winning a scholarship for advanced artistic training in England. He has travelled extensively to study masterpieces in more than 30 countries. Muli Tang, who lives in Montréal, is internationally acclaimed for his paintings.