25 August 2017
Fifty years on from her installation as Chancellor of the newly-independent University of Dundee, Alberto Morrocco's portrait of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother has moved to its "spiritual" home in the University's Queen Mother Building.
The Queen Mother was Chancellor of the University from 1967 to 1977, and the portrait (painted in 1977) shows her in the Chancellor's robes. The Queen Mother Building, which is at the centre of the University campus and houses Computing (part of the School of Science & Engineering) was opened by her grand-daughter, the Princess Royal, in 2006.
The portrait had previously hung in the University's Scrymgeour Building, but following its refurbishment, was looking for a new home - she has now "come home" to the building named in her honour.
Alberto Morrocco was born in Aberdeen in 1917, and was most famous for his landscape paintings of Scotland and Venice, as well as still life and portraits. From 1950, he was the Head of the School of Painting at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art - now part of the University of Dundee. He painted all of the Principals of the University, which awarded Morrocco an honorary doctorate in 1980. He died in Dundee in 1998.