Oil on canvas, 24" x 20"
Paul is a good friend of Nick Hull, my son-in-law and agent. In October 2011 Paul had a ‘do’ in a London Wine Cellar to celebrate his 40 years of working in the City of London as a Chartered Surveyor. Nick and some friends thought it a nice gesture to surprise him with his portrait.
Paul is quite distinguished. He is a Freeman of the City of London, and a Queen’s Lord Lieutenant, which means he can be called on to stand-in for the Queen. He was once called on to present the medals at a Wembley Football match. Paul is ex-military, and was heavily involved in the Territorial Army. He does many works for charity.
In order to personalise the portrait I asked Nick if Paul was a member of a club or society that had a tie. Nick replied that both Paul and Nick are members of The Worshipful Company of Parish Clerks. Although this sounds very pious, the parishes are those whose churches burned down in the Great Fire of London. Each member of the club is the clerk of a church that no longer exists. In other words, an excuse for lavish dinners and conviviality.