A Requiem Mass was held at Farm Street this week for Sir James Gunn, B.A., the portrait painter, who had died in a London hospital a few days earlier rst the age of 71.
A Special Correspondent writes: James Gunn was one of the best known of British portrait painters. His work was always accurate and sober which accounted for the fact that in the art world, Sir James was regarded as being a capable craftsman rather than a distinguished creative artist.
He was at his best in the more formal requirements of State portraiture as was evidenced in his work of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth In 1963 he also completed a portrait of Mr. Macmillan as Chancellor of Oxford -University.
Sir James was born in Glasgow. was educated at Glasgow High School and studied art both in this country and in Paris. He was president of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters from 1953.
'Reproduced above is his "Conversation Piece: Hilaire Belloc, (.i. K. Chesterton and Maurice Baring" — reproduced by permission of the National Portrait Gallery.