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The Right Honourable Louis Stephen St. Laurent

The Right Honourable Louis Stephen St. Laurent

The Right Honourable Louis Stephen St. Laurent
Prime Minister
1948-1957

Object name: Painting
Artist: Audrey Watts McNaughton
Date: 1958
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 114 x 89.1 cm
Catalogue no.: O-638

This portrait of Louis Stephen St-Laurent was presented to the Speaker of the House of Commons by Lester Pearson on behalf of former parliamentary colleagues who contributed to having it painted. Since the Prime Minister’s health was poor at the time of the sittings, the artist tried to capture his previous vitality. She chose a standing pose and had St-Laurent wear a black overcoat and white scarf “for dramatic effect,” with the interior of the Parliament Building as the background.

The Artist

Audrey Watts McNaughton studied in Toronto and London, England. She specializes in portraiture and is also known for her paintings of domestic animals.

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