Portrait of J.K. Rowling Unveiled in London
Sep 06, 2005
A portrait of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was unveiled today at the National Portrait Gallery in London. CBBC Newsround reports that JKR’s portrait, painted by artist Stuart Pearson Wright, shows “JK sitting at a desk in a bare room, with a writing pad in front of her, along with three boiled eggs, to represent her three children.” The artist said “Jo told me that she had been drawn to my work because of the tiny paintings that I had done of a family of people with red hair. She confessed to sharing a fascination for people with red hair, which any readers familiar with the Weasley family in the Harry Potter books should not be surprised about.”
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Update: J.K. Rowling said of the portrait:
“…I love it. I have to say it is quite unnerving to see yourself presented like this and to stand here and recognise it as me,” the author said at the ceremony in central London…But this shows more of me than any photo has ever shown. Stuart and I had the most incredible laughs doing this and of course I am delighted and honoured to be here in the National Portrait Gallery Collection.”