Alessandro Raho

Commission for Brasenose College at The University of Oxford


Brasenose College at The University of Oxford has commissioned Alessandro Raho to create portraits of two prominent alumni. His paintings of Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, and Cappy Bond Hill, former president of Vassar Colllege, have been displayed in the central hall at Brasenose College, where Allen and Bond Hill studied. ⁣

These are the first portraits of women to be painted for the college in over three centuries; an issue that the university was keen to address. Raho's portrayals of Allen and Bond Hill depict each of them in their everyday clothes, against a plain background - typical of Raho's formal approach. The portraits are displayed in the central dining room at Brasenose College and can be viewed by appointment.⁣

Raho's works form part of the college's large collection of oil paintings by a number of prominent artists including Gilbert Jackson, Derek Hill, John Jackson, Howard Hodgkin, Gerrit Berckheyde and William Orpen.⁣