Lady Mclean (née Holmes)
Sydney Lough Thompson
Oil on canvas
Donor unknown

Lady McLean, wife of Dunedin businessman Sir George McLean, was leader of the movement for a new building for the public art gallery in Dunedin at the beginning of the 20th century. This movement resulted in the construction of the building which you are standing in now, which opened as the new Dunedin Public Art Gallery in 1907. The museum was added the following year. These portraits, painted in the same year as the art gallery opening, are by Canterbury School of Art instructor Sydney Lough Thompson, who was regarded as the leading portrait painter in New Zealand at the time.
Sydney Lough Thompson
Production Date
1,130 (h) x 923 (w) x approx. 85 (d) mm (framed)
(note: depth including hooks is approx. 100mm)