Connery’s portrait with skimpy trunks goes on display

November 14th, 2007 - 2:50 am ICT by admin  
Al Fairweather, a jazz musician, who was a student at Edinburgh College of Art, painted the portrait in 1952.

The Edinburgh College of Art has included the work in its centenary exhibition, Ten Decades, at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, which runs from Oct 27 to Jan 19, 2008.

At that time, Connery was in the peak physical condition that won him third place in the Mr Universe competition.

He also used to pose as a life model at that time.

The oil-on-canvas painting shows a side-on view of a muscular Connery dressed in bodybuilding trunks.

The portrait was painted before, the now 77 year old, auditioned for a stage production of South Pacific, a role that led to stage, TV and film work and the role as James Bond that propelled him to stardom.

The painting has been in the collection of the School Of Drawing And Painting at the college for more than 50 years, but has rarely gone on display until now. (ANI)

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