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'A different kind of portrait for a different kind of Chief Scout'

Peter Duncan, ninth Chief Scout of the United Kingdom has unveiled his official portrait at The Scout Association’s forest home, Gilwell Park.

The portrait is the work of contemporary artist Morgan Penn, whose previous commissions include portraits of Adrian Edmondson, Bernie Ecclestone, and Jason Kay (Jay Kay). Described by The Scout Association’s Chief Executive Derek Twine, as a ‘different kind of painting for a different kind of Chief Scout,’ it is a radical departure from previous Chief Scout portraits. Surrounded by young people, the backdrop to the painting also features the activities and adventure that characterised Peter Duncan’s energetic approach to the role.

‘I wanted people to know it was a painting and not a photograph,’ said Morgan about the mud splatters and unfinished areas that make the painting stand out from the formal portraits that have been painted in the past. 

Peter Duncan official portraitPeter Duncan was the Chief Scout of the United Kingdom between July 2004 and July 2009. During that time, the Movement enjoyed one of the most exciting periods in its history – celebrating the Centenary of Scouting in 2007 as well as the 21st World Scout Jamboree at Hylands Park in the summer of that year. As comfortable presenting the biggest ever Scouting show, LIVE 07, at the 02 Arena, as climbing to 6,000 metres with Explorer Scouts on Everest, Peter was never afraid to try new things.

‘It’s a fantastic portrait,’ said Peter at the unveiling. ‘I love the fact that it’s different and I’m so pleased young people are such a big part of it. Scouting is about helping young people get the chance to try new activities, make friends and discover their potential.’  

Through his inspiring leadership, he embodied the spirit of fun, challenge adventure that characterises our Movement’s 400,000 young people and 100,000 volunteers. When he handed on to tenth Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, at Gilwell Park on 11 July 2009, Scouting was invigorated, growing and prepared for the future. ‘I’ll never forget the friends I’ve made,’ said Peter on his departure, ‘together we’ve set Scouting on the road to adventure.’

Morgan Penn is an English portrait painter based in Chelsea London and is completely self taught. Morgan travelled to Scotland and Gilwell Park to capture Peter and the Scouts taking part in activities and adventure. Peter also sat for private sittings in London. Find out more about Morgan at www.morganpenn.com

The Scouts featured in the painting are Pamela, Lewis, Eugiene, Philippe, Maryse, Johny, Caroline, and Joe. A two hour DVD celebrating Peter's five years of adventure will shortly be available from Scout Shops.  



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