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Study "Radical Restraint: A Portrait of Michael Kirby"
, 1998

by Ralph Heimans

pencil on paper (sheet: 29.5 cm x 41.9 cm, image: 26.4 cm x 33.3 cm)

Justice Kirby works nearly every waking moment, even listing his recreation, in Who's Who, as 'work'. Ralph Heimans sketched him at his desk, and has said that Kirby's rather impatient glance in the portrait reflects the judge's expression as the artist asked him to look up for a moment.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001
Accession number: 2003.160.2