One of the many participants to grace our recent project The Sitting was famous playwright Sir Tom Stoppard. Seamus had constructed a rough set from weathered plywood and borrowed his landlord's chair (found in the 1960's in a Welsh mini cab office) to create a space for visitors to occupy. The idea was to create a movie where the chair never moves but its sitters are constantly changing.
Not only did Sir Tom enter into the spirit of the portrait project he seemed to have dressed that day with the set in mind, right down to his shoe laces. The resulting image has since been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery as part of its permanent collection. It now hangs in the July Acquisitions section of the gallery.
Sir Tom, who has just celebrated his seventieth birthday, made history at the recent Tony Awards where his nine hour trilogy The Coast of Utopia won a record seven awards.