Nelson Shanks 1937-2015

September 5, 2015 — Leave a comment

One  of our country’s greatest portrait painters passed away recently. Nelson Shanks was also Philadelphia’s own. Students came from all over the world to attend his school which was just a block around the corner from me.  A monumental mind with a monumental talent who touched everyone from dignitaries to students throughout his life. This self portrait was one of his last apparently.




There is no obituary that can possibly capture this man.  Here are a few that make a good attempt:

New York Times

Washington Post



Nelson Shanks painting Margaret Thatcher in 1994 (Via




Nelson Shanks 1937-2015

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