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The Right Honourable Charles Joseph Clark

The Right Honourable Charles Joseph Clark
Prime Minister
1979-1980

Object name: Painting
Artist: Patrick Douglass Cox
Date: 2008
Medium: Tempera on masonite
Dimensions: 141.3 x 97.8 cm
Catalogue no.: O-7670

The official portrait of Charles Joseph Clark is the first to depict a Prime Minister addressing the House of Commons. The artist chose to pose Clark standing against the elegant interior of the Chamber to emphasize his ability to “command the House.” By doing so, Cox created a portrait that instantly captures the attention of the audience and draws the viewer into the portrait.

The Artist

A native and resident of Alberta, Patrick Douglass Cox studied art at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, and graduated in 1976 with a degree in Visual Communications. After a successful career as a commercial artist, Cox turned to painting. In his art, he often chooses to depict simple yet purposeful moments, as well as the sincerity and integrity of rural life.

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