Peter Morrison


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Gift from Ian Morrison and Maxwell Morrison, 1970.


Peter Morrison FRCM (1894–1988) was a piano and organ scholar at the College until the First World War interrupted his studies. He later became a generous benefactor to the College, contributing to the construction of the 1965 building and furnishing of the Senior Common Room.

Leonard Boden RP (1911–99) trained at the Glasgow School of Art. One of the most distinguished British portrait artists of the twentieth century, he came to prominence in the mid-1950s. Boden's technique was to put the sitter at their ease with relaxed conversation and it is perhaps this that lead to him receiving very high profile commissions: he was the only artist for whom Pope Pius XII sat, and he completed no less than 10 portraits of the Queen, who frequently confessed to preferring Boden's portrayals of her above all others. Leonard Boden was brought up to love music, and above all opera: his father was an active promoter of performances in Scotland. He numbered many musicians among his friends: those whom he painted include Tito Gobbi (displayed in the Britten Theatre Foyer), Sir John Barbirolli and Boris Christoff. Boden's portrait of Christoff as Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov hangs in the National Theatre Museum.