Sir George Laking ; Melvin Day; 1981; 2009.009

Name/Title

Sir George Laking

About this object

Sir George Laking KCMG was a distinguished public servant. He acted as the head of the Organisation for National Security, later being appointed Minister to the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, then serving as Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs. In 1985, he was knighted, becoming a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. Upon his retirement, he was made a CGM.

Wellington artist, Melvin (Pat) Day 1923-2016, was at the forefront of developments in abstraction and cubism during the 1940’s and 1950’s. He also served as the director of the National Art Gallery from 1968-1978, leaving after a decade to take up the position of Government Art Historian.

Maker

Melvin Day

Date Made

1981

Medium and Materials

Oil on canvas,

Inscription and Marks

Lower Left: Day 81

Measurements

120cm x 82.5cm (Framed: 135 x 82.5)

Subject and Association Description

Laking: Sir George

Credit Line

NZPG

Object Type

Painting

Object number

2009.009

Rights

All rights reserved

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