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The Family

by Charles Blackman

Meredith McKinney, subject of Charles Blackman's 'The Family', recounts memories from her childhood and the creation of the portrait.

Interview with Meredith McKinney
Video: 2 minutes

The National Portrait Gallery would like to thank Meredith McKinney for her kind assistance with this project. All paintings by Charles Blackman.

Video transcript

1 The family, c. 1955 Charles Blackman OBE. © Charles Blackman/Copyright Agency, 2022.
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