Theresa May with 75 past Prime Ministers

88 x 72 cm - 2016
Woven name-tapes of 75 past Prime Ministers with 140 grams of dressmaker pins on canvas. 

On 13th July 2016 Theresa May became our 76th Prime Minister and delivered her first statement in Downing Street, London. Behind her lies a rich history of Prime Ministers, which began with Sir Robert Walpole in the 18th century. To mark this point in history I have created Theresa May’s portrait using woven name-tapes of the past 75 Prime Ministers, predominantly in blue to represent the Conservative Party. Highlights in red include Labour Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and Tony Blair. Size 10 labels normally used to identify ladies garments are pinned to the canvas as earrings and necklace, subtle details which pay reference the Prime Minster's address at Number 10.

Click on images to enlarge, see work in progress below. Limited edition giclee print available. 

75 past Prime Ministers
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, Sir John Major, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan, Harold Wilson, Sir Edward Heath, Harold Wilson, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Macmillan, Sir Anthony Eden, Sir Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee, Sir Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain, Stanley Baldwin, James Ramsay MacDonald, Stanley Baldwin, James Ramsay MacDonald, Stanley Baldwin, Andrew Bonar Law, David Lloyd George, Herbert Henry Asquith, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Arthur James Balfour, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, William Ewart Gladstone, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, William Ewart Gladstone, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, William Ewart Gladstone, Benjamin Disraeli the Earl of Beaconsfield, William Ewart Gladstone, Benjamin Disraeli the Earl of Beaconsfield, Edward Smith Stanley 14th Earl of Derby, Lord John Russell 1st Earl Russell, Henry John Temple 3rd Viscount Palmerston, Edward Smith Stanley 14th Earl of Derby, Henry John Temple 3rd Viscount Palmerston, George Hamilton Gordon Earl of Aberdeen, Edward Smith Stanley 14th Earl of Derby, Lord John Russell 1st Earl Russell, Sir Robert Peel 2nd Baronet, William Lamb 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Sir Robert Peel 2nd Baronet, Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington, William Lamb 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Charles Grey 2nd Earl Grey, Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington, Frederick Robinson, Viscount Goderich, George Canning, Robert Banks Jenkinson Earl of Liverpool, Spencer Perceval, William Cavendish-Bentinck Duke of Portland, William Wyndham Grenville 1st Baron Grenville, William Pitt 'The Younger', Henry Addington 1st Viscount Sidmouth, William Pitt 'The Younger', William Cavendish-Bentinck Duke of Portland, William Petty 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Charles Watson-Wentworth 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, Lord Frederick North, Augustus Henry Fitzroy 3rd Duke of Grafton, William Pitt 'The Elder' 1st Earl of Chatham, Charles Watson-Wentworth 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, George Grenville, John Stuart 3rd Earl of Bute, Thomas Pelham-Holles 1st Duke of Newcastle, William Cavendish Duke of Devonshire, Thomas Pelham-Holles 1st Duke of Newcastle, Henry Pelham, Spencer Compton 1st Earl of Wilmington, Sir Robert Walpole.

WORK IN PROGRESS.