Rebuck portrait to be unveiled by National Portrait Gallery

Rebuck portrait to be unveiled by National Portrait Gallery

Baroness Gail Rebuck is set to have a portrait unveiled in the National Portrait Gallery next month.

The painting is by Jennifer McRae, a graduate of Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, who has either won or been nominated for several awards, including BP Portrait Award, the Hunting Art Prize and the Honorary Society of Painter Stainers Award.

The portrait, set to be unveiled on 14th July, is oil on canvas and is 54 by 43 inches.

It was commissioned with help from the J.P. Morgan Fund for New Commissions and will be displayed in Room 36 of the Lerner Galleries.

The National Portrait Gallery said: “We are delighted with this excellent addition to the collection.”

It is the second portrait of Baroness Rebuck, chair of Penguin Random House, to be commissioned, the first was by Nancy Honey, a digital pigment print on Hahnemuehle paper, released in June 2012.

As chair and chief executive of Random House UK for over 20 years, Rebuck built "a formidable publishing house with a hugely influential and successful author list," which boasts 32 Nobel Prizes, 18 Booker Prizes and more than 100 Pulitzer Prizes, and was awarded the London Book Fair Lifetime achievement award earlier this year.

Baroness Rebuck received a CBE in 2000 and DBE in 2009, has been described as both an "influential" and a "towering figure of British and international publishing" by LBF, notably for her contributions as a business leader and through her support of reading and literacy.

She has recently spoken out in favour of remaining in the European Union ahead of the EU Referendum last this month, saying that leaving is "too big a risk to take".