Letter: Big names framed

I WAS interested to read Lesley Riddoch’s analysis of the revamped Scottish Portrait Gallery and her astonishment at the absence of some of our leading lights, particularly politicians like Tony Blair and Gordon Brown (Perspective, 22 May).

My portrait of Tony Blair was purchased by the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2001, and when I heard of the Scottish Portrait Gallery’s refurbishment I offered my picture for inclusion but it was declined, rather snobbishly.

Perhaps I wasn’t a big enough name or, because I was self-taught, I didn’t have the right artistic credentials.

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My other portraits include Gordon Brown, Andy Murray and former Makar Edwin Morgan, who have all made relevant contributions to Scotland and its world reputation. So if the new director is reading, please do feel free to get in touch.

David Cruickshanks

Forth Street