The Naughton Gallery at Queen's
Lanyon Building
Queen's University

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Opening Times
Tuesday - Sunday
11am - 4pm

Great Hall Portraits

Seamus Heaney by Tai-Shan Schierenberg 2004
Seamus Heaney by Tai-Shan Schierenberg 2004

The Great Hall Portraits

The Great Hall 

Sir Charles Lanyon took as his source the medieval Great Halls of England and the Oxbridge colleges, following the strict precedents of the raised dais, oriel window, fireplace for the top table, and a screened passage at the opposite end. These plans fell victim to the original budget cuts; the planned gallery was never built and the panelling remained modest, the latter not helped by later redecorations.

All of this changed in 2000 with the restoration of the Great Hall by Consarc Design Group. The floor and dais were replaced and the oriel window unblocked. New pitch pine panelling and a screened passage and organ gallery, replacement of the missing end trusses, and a comprehensive redecoration and lighting scheme have all combined to create a warm, powerful and theatrical space at the heart of the University. More recently, the organ from Christchurch, where Lanyon and his wife worshipped, has been restored with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and installed on the gallery. The wall above the fireplace contains a bronze plaque in memory of Thomas Hamilton, first President of the University, and above this the magnificent copy of Titian’s ‘St Peter the Martyr’ by James Atkins. The restoration received an RIBA Award in 2001 in recognition of the quality of the restoration and the rejuvenation of the space

Professor Sir D.Bates by Basil Blackshaw 1981
Professor Sir D.Bates by Basil Blackshaw 1981

Paintings in the Great Hall 

The Great Hall is hung with a selection of portraits from the University’s art collection which includes some genuinely distinguished sitters and portraits by artists of regional, national and international significance. 

On the north and east walls are paintings of Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Chancellors, including that of Sir Richard Winn Livingstone by the celebrated court portraitist, Philip de Laszlo. There is also a fine portrait of Lord Ashby of Brandon by Ruskin Spear, an imposing three-quarter length portrait of Charles, Seventh Marquess of Londonderry, by William Conor and a striking painting of Sir George Bain by John Keane.

The paintings on the west wall have been hung with security and conservation as well as aesthetics in mind. They are arranged around Henrietta Rae’s portrait of Thomas Sinclair, extending in date from the centre to the 21st century in either direction. The group includes portraits by Richard Hooke and Frank McKelvey, together with more recent works by John Kindness, Nicola Russell and Tom Hallifax. There is also a self-portrait of Sir John Lavery resplendent in his honorary graduate’s gown and showing the casket enshrining his charter of the freedom of the city of Belfast. Alfred Baker’s portrait of John Renshaw and Tai-Shan Schierenberg’s painting of Seamus Heaney are particularly worthy of note, as are the portraits of Charles Gibson Lowry and Richard Henry Hunter by Sir James Gunn, the latter which perfectly captures this popular and eccentric man wearing his characteristic fedora.

Ranged around the Great Hall are a series of portrait bust including those of, the essayist Robert Lynd by Kathleen Kennet, and in the Oriel Window, the Reverend James McCosh, first President of Princeton University by Joseph Holland.

The Great Hall is available for a full range or private and corporate events. For advice on event management and bookings please contact Heather Stewart at Eventus on 028 90 5185 or email

Portraits in the Great Hall

 West Wall

1. James Stirling Honorary Treasurer of Queen’s (1922-28), Bronze Plaque

2. James Johnston Shaw (1845-1919) Court Judge and recorder of Belfast, Pro-Chancellor and educationalist. Bronze Plaque

3. Sir Peter Gregson (b 1957) 11th Vice-Chancellor (2004-1013) and engineer by Colin Davidson, 2013

4. Senator George Mitchell (b 1933) United States Senator and Chancellor (1999-2009) by James Hanley, 

5. Sir George Bain (b 1941) 10th Vice Chancellor (1998-2003) by John Keane, 2003

6. Sir Peter Froggatt (b 1928) 8th Vice-Chancellor (1976-1986) and epidemiologist by Michael Noakes, 1986

7. Sir Gordon Beveridge (1933-1999) 9th Vice-Chancellor (1986-1998) and chemical engineerby Raymond Piper, c 1995

8. Dr Michael Grant (1914-2004) 6th Vice-Chancellor (1959-1966) and classicist by Derek Hill, 1966/7

9. Sir Arthur Vick (1911-1998) 7th Vice-Chancellor (1966-1976) & scientist by Michael Noakes, 1976


Oriel Window

10. Charles, Seventh Marquess of Londonderry (1878-1949) 2nd Chancellor (1923-1949) by William Conor, 1926

North Wall

1. The Murder of St Peter Martyr after Titian by James Atkins, c 1825

2. Field Marshal the Viscount Alanbrooke (1883-1963) 3rd Chancellor (1949-1963) by Patrick Phillips, 1957

3. Sir David Lindsay Keir (1895-1973) 4th Vice-Chancellor (1939-1949) and historian by HM Carr, 1962

4. Sir Frederick Wolff Ogilvie (1893-1949) 3rd Vice-Chancellor (1935-1938) and political economist by W Gordon, c 1945

5. Lord Ashby of Brandon (1904-1992) 5th Vice-Chancellor (1950-1959), Chancellor 1970-83 and botanist by Ruskin Spear, 1960

6. Sir Richard Winn Livingstone (1880-1960) 2nd Vice-Chancellor (1924-1933) and classicist 
by Philip de Laszlo, 1934

7. Rev Thomas Hamilton (1842-1925) 3rd President and 1st Vice-Chancellor (1889-1923)Bronze plaque by Rosamund Praeger, 1907

8. Rev Josias Leslie Porter (1823-1889) 2nd President (1879-1889) and Presbyterian minister 
by Richard Hooke, c 1885

9. Queen Victoria (1818-1901) founder of Queen’s College by Sir George Hayter, 1838

10. Professor Thomas Andrews (1813-1885) Vice-President and Founder Professor of Chemistry by Richard Hooke, 1880


East Wall


1. Professor J.H. Smith mechanical engineer by RA Dawson, 1914

2. Sir Ian Fraser (1901-1999) surgeon by Carol Graham, 1994

3. President Mary McAleese (b 1951) first female Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Law; President of the Republic of Ireland by Carol Graham, 2003

4. Professor Charles Gibson Lowry (1880-1951) mid-wife and gynaecologist by Sir James Gunn

5. Professor James Francis (Frank) Pantridge (1916-2004) physician and cardiologist by Martin Wedge

6. Professor William Blair Morton (1868-1949) physicist and member of Senate by Frank McKelvey, 1945

7. Professor Robert James Johnstone (1872-1938) obstetrician and gynaecologist by Frank McKelvey, c.1945

8. Professor Rev George Hill (1810-1900) first Librarian, historian and poet by Harry Douglas, 1896

9. Professor Karl George Emeleus (1901-89) physicist by Tom Carr c 1965

10. Professor S J Macmillan (1842-1900) Professor of History and English Literature by H M Paget, 1901-2

11. Professor Mary G (Mollie) McGeown (1923-2005) nephrologist by Laurence Coulter, 2002

12. Professor Estyn Evans, (1905-1989) geographer, archaeologist, and Founder Professor of Irish Studies 
by Raymond Piper

13. Sir Robert Hart (1835-1911) Inspector General of China's Imperial Maritime Custom Service and Pro-Chancellor by Frank McKelvey, 1943

14. Sir Joseph Larmor, (1857-1942) mathematician and physicist by Frank McKelvey, 1945

15. Seamus Heaney (b. 1939) poet and Nobel Prizewinner, Queen’s graduate and former member of staff 
by Tai Shan Schierenberg, 2004

16. John Renshaw (1877-1955) educator, member of Senate and MP for Queen’s by Alfred Baker, c 1918

17. Richard Henry Hunter (1885-1970) anatomist and embryologist, University administrator and circus impresario by Sir James Gunn, 1942

18. Professor Sir John Byers (1953-1920) gynaecologist and pediatrician by Henrietta Rae

19. Sir John Henry Biggart (1905-1979) pathologist and Dean of Medicine by John Turner, 1971

20. Professor Sir David Bates (1916-1994) mathematician and theoretical physicist by Basil Blackshaw, 1981

21. Professor George Lillie Craik (1798-1900) Founder Professor of History and English Literature. 
Artist unknown, c 1860

22. Baroness May Blood (b.1938) community campaigner, member of Senate by Nicola Russell, 2007

23. Professor Sir Bernard Crossland (b.1923) mechanical engineer by Raymond Piper, 1984

24. Lady Brenda McLaughlin (b 1947) Pro-Chancellor (2000-7) and Chair of Senate and the Queen’s Gender 
Initiative by Cohmhgal Casey, 2013

25. Professor Dame Ingrid Allen (b 1934) neuropathologist by Tom Hallifax, 2007

26. Professor Elizabeth Meehan (b 1947) political scientist and Founding Director of the Institute of 
Governance, by John Kindness, 2008

27. Professor John Purser (1835-1903) mathematician and Registrar by Sarah Purser, 1890

28. Sir John Newell Jordan (1852-1925) diplomat and Privy Councillor by Frank McKelvey, c 1946

29. Professor Edna Longley (b 1940) literary critic and cultural commentator by Jeffrey Morgan, 2011

30. Sir John Lavery (1856-1941) artist and honorary graduate. Self-portrait, 1935

31. Shan F Bullock (1865-1935) civil servant and novelist by Dermod O’Brien, 1913


Portrait Busts  

South Wall – Organ Screen

1. Rev Pooley Shuldham Henry (1801-1881) first President and Presbyterian minister by Samuel Ferres Lynn, 1867

West Wall – Windows

2. James Johnston Shaw (1845-1910) County Court Judge and recorder of Belfast, Pro-Chancellor and educationalist by Albert Power, 1913

3. Seamus Heaney (b.1939) poet and Nobel prizewinner, Queen’s graduate and former member of staff by Carolyn Mulholand, 1969

4. Robert Lynd (1879-1949) essayist and journalist by Kathleen Kennet, 1929

5. Professor John Hull Grundy (d 1982) medical zoologist by Mark Batten, 1958

Oriel Window

6. Rev James McCosh (1811-1894) Professor of Logic and Metaphysics and subsequently first President of Princeton University by Joseph Holland, c 1870




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