The Frame-Up Audio Tour

14 – Portrait of Lord Beaverbrook

Graham Vivian Sutherland (British, 1903-1980)
Portrait of Lord Beaverbrook, 1951
oil over conté on canvas
Bequest of The Dowager Lady Beaverbrook



Okay, you might want to turn the volume down here, because I don’t want Lord Beaverbrook to know I’m talking to you!

When he was alive, Lord Beaverbrook was one of the most famous men in the world.

He was born Max Aitken in Newcastle, New Brunswick, and later in his life, he gave New Brunswick a lot of wonderful gifts, the most famous of which is the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Thanks to Lord Beaverbrook, the gallery is filled with world-class masterpieces (including my portrait!)

Here’s what you need to know about Max: The residents call him The Boss, because he likes to have things his own way. He doesn’t miss much, and he doesn’t like it when people are disrespectful. And even though he’s been dead for almost sixty years, he’s still helping to run the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with the gallery director.

Oh, and he swears he wasn’t wearing a purple suit when Graham Sutherland painted him. I don’t believe him.