In the same week he became the world record holder for Test wickets, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has unveiled a new portrait of Muttiah Muralitharan, one of the legends of the game.
The oil-on-canvas painting is 6ft tall by 3Ĺ feet wide, making it one of the larger exhibits to hang at Lordís, and has been painted by Phil Hale. Phil, an American now living in London, is one of a group of accomplished artists chosen for their remarkable ability to capture the character and likeness of such internationally acclaimed cricketers for the MCCís Lordís Portrait Project.
The aim of the Lordís Portrait Project is to commission a group of up to ten prize-winning artists to paint a series of portraits over a period of three years beginning in the summer of 2005. They are all in their late twenties to late thirties, living in London, and between them have won on a number of occasions the prestigious BP Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. These portraits will be of varying size in different media and should total around 20 works in all. Already unveiled are portraits of Sir Vivian Richards and Brian Lara. Both now hang at Lordís.
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