Past pupil produces portrait of departing Wisbech Grammar School head Nicolas Hammond

Mick Stump, Lucy Elderfield and Nicholas Hammond. Picture: TIM CHAPMAN Mick Stump, Lucy Elderfield and Nicholas Hammond. Picture: TIM CHAPMAN

Monday, June 30, 2014
5:19 PM

A past pupil has produced a portrait of departing Wisbech Grammar School headmaster Nicolas Hammond.

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Mr Hammond is leaving the school after six years to become head of the British School of Paris.

The three foot by four foot portrait is an oil painting by Lucy Elderfield, 20, from Wisbech, who is reading human geography at Leeds University.

Head of art Mick Stump said: “On the strength of Lucy’s art work when she left here, which was quite exciting and full of energy, I contacted her and asked her if she would be interested in the challenge of interpreting a portrait in a new way.

“Even in the face there are flecks of the school colours, red, yellow and blue, and everything about the portrait reflects the buildings and the whole development of the school during Mr Hammond’s period here.”

The portrait went on public display at a school assembly, when Ms Elderfield explained to the students how she had approached the task.

A smaller print of the portrait has been handed to Mr Hammond by the governors.

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