Dame Mary Donaldson was the 656th Lord Mayor of the City of London and the first woman elected to the position in its more than 800 year history. Dame Fiona Woolf was the 686th Lord Mayor and only the second woman elected to the position. By coincidence, the portraits of both women were painted by the same artist, Richard Stone. Inspired by this fact, the book investigates the tradition of commissioning artists to paint portraits of Lord Mayors, looking at the wide variety of resulting portraits alongside information about each Lord Mayors time in office and comments from some of the artists. The Lord Mayor of London’s principal role today is as ambassador for all UK-based financial and professional services. The position is unpaid and apolitical. They are elected on an annual basis for a one-year term in office. The scope of the book recognises the achievement of both women by beginning with Dame Mary, ending with Dame Fiona and focusing on the other Lord Mayors in between. Written by people who know the City of London inside and out, this is a fascinating and informative book.
Published: June 2015
Paperback: 72 pages
Illustrations: 31 colour portraits
Size: 210 x 170 x 5mm
Price: £12.00 plus P&P