It has been suggested that the man who stands holding a book, is Sir Alexander Clutterbuck, who was then the British Ambassador to Ireland (from 1955-1959), and seated, reading, is perhaps the former’s driver or body-guard. The way Craig positions him within the curtained opening into a library, is reminiscent of a proscenium arch, and deliberately theatrical. His importance as the main character in the portrait is further emphasised by his direct gaze, and by the shaft of sunlight leading towards him, and past him, from what must be a tall window behind us on the left. The other, less important man is by comparison shadowy, almost out of the frame, looking downwards to read. Shiny surfaces of the plates on display, and the large paintings propped on an easel, are emphasised further by the sun. An atmosphere of civilised calm is conveyed through muted greens and creams augmented with red, handled with impressionistic naturalism.
Craig had many portrait commissions, but the recession in Ireland during the 1950’s made it hard for him to make a living. A painting entitled Regatta, exhibited at the RHA in 1970, was described as ‘an outstanding portrait group depicting a number of his friends, including fellow Scotsman Patrick Hennessy (his life-long partner), art dealer David Hendricks and his sister Yvette, businessman and patron of the arts, Gordon Lambert and former curator of the Dublin Municipal Gallery, Patrick O’Connor.’
Dr Claudia Kinmonth MRIA
 Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists 20th Century (Merlin, Dublin, 2002), pp. 117-118.
 Ann M. Stewart, Royal Academy of Arts, index of Exhibitors 1826-1979, Vol. I A-G (Manton, Dublin, 1986), p. 170.
 Adele M. Dalsimer and Vera Krielkamp, America’s Eye: Irish paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns (Boston College Museum of Art, 1996), pp.112-113.
 Dalsimer and Krielkamp, America’s Eye, p.112.
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