Painted by Michael Noakes in March 2002


The portrait was painted in 2002 when Archbishop Kevin was Bishop of Northampton and hangs in Bishop's House, Northampton. It has been digitally reproduced by a method known as the giclée process to be added to the portraits of all his predecessors on the walls of Archbishop's House, Southwark.


Michael Noakes is a celebrated portrait painter and landscape artist. He lives with his wife, Vivien, in St John's Wood. He has been President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and Chairman of the Contemporary Portrait Society. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and a Freeman of the City of London. Himself a Catholic, he is also a past President of the Society of Catholic Artists.

Michael has painted portraits of the Queen and members of the royal family, Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton. He spent much of 1999 with the Queen and published the book "The Daily Life of the Queen: An Artist's Diary", which contains his paintings, sketches and drawings while Vivien wrote the text.

In the Catholic world, Michael has painted Cardinal Basil Hume and his portrait of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor was completed last year to hang in the Cardinal's Corridor of the English College in Rome.

While he attended the unveiling of Cardinal Cormac's portrait in Rome, Michael was asked to paint a portrait - the first - of Pope Benedict XVI. This has now been completed and will be presented to the Pope at the end of April.