Ronald Rae finally sits for his portrait by sculptor Jon Edgar

See below a short video of Ronald Rae’s portrait being made.
It took Jon Edgar two years to persuade fellow sculptor Ronald Rae to take two days off work and to sit patiently while his head was modelled in clay. Photographer Glyn Satterley recorded the event.
This is one of a series of portrait heads by Jon Edgar featuring well-known British sculptors, art curators,critics and collectors, including Sir Roy Strong, Peter Randall-Page, Alan Thornhill, Wilfred Cass and Peter Murray. To see these portraits and others visit

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maggi May 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I love it!……… but I can imagine that it was the closest thing to torture that he has ever experienced! Well done Ronnie….posterity will thank you for your patience!
Love and Peace…maggi xxx

Pauline May 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Thank you Maggi. Yes, it was hard for Ronnie to sit still for that length of time. He needed a neck massage afterwards! However he felt it was a compliment to be asked and he was pleased with the results. His head has been through the kiln and is now in terracotta. Love and peace to you too. Pauline

The McKirdy family June 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Quite amazing how lifelike the sculpture looks! You must both be very pleased with it and especially knowing that this captures something more for posterity than a two-dimensional image. Very many thanks for sharing this with us. Sending love to you both from the McKirdy family.

Pauline June 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Thank you McKirdy family for your response. Ronnie was honoured that Jon Edgar wanted to capture his head for posterity although he found it difficult to sit still for so long! However he survived and it turned out to be a happy experience. Love to you too and hope to see you soon.

Alan from Tesco February 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Admire your work, what a gifted skill, excellent!!


Pauline February 22, 2012 at 11:05 am

Thank you Alan. I admire what you do too.

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