Sir Stephen Burman was Pro-Chancellor from 1955 to 1966. He ran the local machinery manufacturing company Burman & Sons, and was active in local business, serving as president of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1950. His son, Roger, was Pro-Chancellor from 1994 to 2001. Two generations of Burmans have held the Pro-Chancellorship, a record superseded only by the Beales’ three.
Herbert Freeth was born and educated in the West Midlands, where he trained as a printmaker. He showed at both the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and the Royal Watercolour Society, of which he was president from 1974 to 1976. Among his portraits in the National Portrait Gallery are those of the politician Enoch Powell and the writer Alan Silitoe.
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commissioned by the University of Birmingham, 1966