The Strand Gallery is proud to present Voices from Westminster, a collection of political portraits taken by documentary photographer John Stewart Farrier. Sumptuous black and white photographs taken during, but not exclusive to, Thatcher’s reign; this collection includes images of Harold Wilson, Enoch Powell, Jeffery Archer, Denis Healey, Quentin Hogg, Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams and many more.
This fascinating portfolio showcases a host of notable (and some controversial) political figures and offers a rare glimpse inside the walls of Westminster. Including previous Prime Ministers Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher and Garret Fitzgerald, Farrier’s collection shows eminent political figures as they are rarely seen; relaxing in their homes, reading papers at their desks and socialising at private events.
John’s ability to capture his sitters at their most comfortable is evident in the charming results on display at The Strand Gallery; some subjects chuckling at the camera, others playing up to their media stereotypes, and in some cases caught mid-gesture while enthusiastically recounting their time in the cabinet. Callaghan has famously boasted of his own portrait, “the art is John Farrier’s, the warts are mine!”
The Strand Gallery invites you to take a tour through the political history of Westminster. This summer, enjoy a unique opportunity to see various Voices from Westminster, past and present, all under one roof!
Voices from Westminster can be seen at The Strand Gallery between 3rd – 13th July.