Portrait of Sir Cyril Stephen Cobb (1861–1938), KBE, MVO

William Strang (1859-1921)


Oil on canvas

90 x 65 cm

© Guildhall Art Gallery (Accession number: 3861)

This is one of Strang's official commissions, transferred to the gallery from the Greater London Council in 1989. Cobb, a barrister and Conservative politician, is splendidly upright and official-looking, and holds his design for the London County Council's arms, which he made when he was its chairman. It has a mural crown, the St George's Cross, and wavy blue lines representing the Thames (see "London County Council"). — Jacqueline Banerjee

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Courtesy of the City of London Corporation