The Studio Lightspeed oil on canvas portrait of Jacob Rees-Mogg has been sold as part of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London.
The 2018 exhibition, curated by Grayson Perry, was noted for its political aspects, showing works including images of Donald Trump and prominent Brexiteers.
A portrait of the ex UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, attracted much press attention in light of the fact it did not sell for the price tag of £25,ooo whilst the Jacob Rees-Mogg painting sold before the show opened to the public for £450. The story has been covered by the BBC, The Guardian, The Art Newspaper, The Independent, The Sun, Esquire Magazine and on various websites.
An oil on canvas board portrait of a young Jacob Rees-Mogg. 25cm x 30cm (10″ x 12″).
Jacob William Rees-Mogg (born 24 May 1969) is a British politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Somerset since 2010. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been ideologically characterised as a High Tory and social conservative with reactionary, traditionalist, and right-wing populist views.
Rees-Mogg was born into a wealthy family in Hammersmith, London, and was educated at Eton College, then studied History at Trinity College, Oxford, and was president of the Oxford University Conservative Association. He worked in the City of London for Lloyd George Management until 2007, then co-founded a hedge fund management business, Somerset Capital Management LLP. Rees-Mogg has amassed a significant fortune: in 2016, he and his wife had a combined net worth estimated at more than £100 million.
Moving into politics, he unsuccessfully contested the 1997 and 2001 general elections before being elected as the member of parliament for North East Somerset in 2010. He was re-elected in 2015 and 2017. Within the Conservative Party, he joined the traditionalist and socially conservative Cornerstone Group; his views on social issues are influenced by his adherence to Roman Catholicism.
Under David Cameron’s government, Rees-Mogg was one of the Parliamentary Conservative Party’s most rebellious members, opposing the government on issues such as the introduction of same-sex marriage and further intervention in the Syrian Civil War. He became known for his speeches and filibustering in parliamentary debates. He proposed a Conservative coalition with the UK Independence Party and made regular television appearances. A Eurosceptic, he campaigned for the Leave side in the 2016 referendum on membership of the European Union and subsequently joined pro-Brexit pressure groups Leave Means Leave and the European Research Group, becoming chairman of the latter. He attracted support through the social media campaign ‘Moggmentum’ and has been promoted as a potential successor to Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May.
Rees-Mogg is a controversial figure in British politics. He has been praised as a conviction politician whose anachronistic upper-class mannerisms and consciously traditionalist attitudes are often seen as entertaining, and has been dubbed the “Honourable Member for the 18th century”. On the other hand, some of his positions have made him the target of organised protest and criticism, including calls of deselection from within his own party.
Sir Arthur Nicholas Winston Soames (born 12 February 1948), sometimes known as Nick Soames, is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex since 1997. He is a grandson of Winston Churchill.
Soames was first elected to Parliament in 1983 for Crawley. He was Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 1994 to 1997 in the government of John Major. His main political interests are defence, international relations, rural affairs and industry.
This portrait is oil on canvas and measures 10″ x 12″.