The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King
1921-1926; 1926-1930; 1935-1948
Object name: Painting
Artist: Frank Owen Salisbury
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 127.6 x 102.4 cm
Catalogue no.: O-940
William Lyon Mackenzie King had his portrait painted in the fall of 1945 with the intention of presenting it to the nation. He selected the date of the unveiling to coincide with his completing a total of 20 years in the office of Prime Minister. In the painting, Mackenzie King is holding papers that, according to the artist, related to the Gouzenko Affair.
Francis (Frank) Owen Salisbury received his artistic training at Heatherley’s Drawing Academy and the Royal Academy in London, England. He is considered to be one of the leading English portraitists of the twentieth century, with members of the British royal family and Western political leaders among his many subjects.