Exploring the Legacy of the Great Charter on legal practice today, in its 800th anniversary year.

Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC
Portrait taken at the Goodenough Club, London
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The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom hosted an exhibition of my photographic portraiture as part of international commemorations to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. The exhibition comprises portraits of twelve figures drawn from across the legal profession, who each offer an insight into the enduring relevance of Magna Carta in their working lives through a personal statement of around 300 words which is presented alongside each individual portrait. The exhibition offers a glimpse of how the fundamental principles associated with Magna Carta influence those working in the law, from former Attorney Generals to Solicitors in general practice.  

'Magna Carta: Reflections' - 2nd October to 18th December 2015 at the Supreme Court, Parliament Square, London SW1P 3BD.

See GDC Review here — scroll down & have a look - it’s after the Calder exhibition piece.


From autumn 2012, The History of Parliament Trust has worked with the Oral History Society and The British Library and with the generous support of Dods on an exciting ongoing project to record the reminiscences of former Members of Parliament. Parallel with the project, Dods commissioned from me a series of photographic portraits of participants.

A selection of these works was curated for an exhibition, facilitated by the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art, held in the ground floor atrium at Portcullis House 15 April - 2 May 2013.

Follow this link for details : 2013 Exhibition at Portcullis House

Please visit The History of Parliament's blog for more about their Oral History Project

photo: BT ArtBox
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I had great pleasure in participating in this public exhibition project in celebration of ChildLine's major anniversary together with BT's support over the years. My ArtBox is entitled "Press for Help" and was located in Berkeley Square Gardens in London June/July 2012 before being sold at auction. My thanks to the BT Archive for generous assistance securing technology components and to EA Developments for sponsorship of workspace.


People who exercise passion, power and influence with subtlety and thoughtful intelligence are of greater interest to me than those who are, at heart, merely ambitious. These choices of portraits from my work are themselves a work in progress - examples seen in the People gallery include Parliamentarian Frank Field MP , former TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber and Political Cartoonist and Author Martin Rowson.


We are familiar with images of places connected to important events in our collective conciousness - often these are dramatic in the sense of a place where a physical action of historical significance, for example a battleground, a summit meeting, or a launch of some hugely important process, is understood to have occurred.

In the history of ideas there is also in some sense a footprint - even though there may be no physical marker - at the site of the birth of a particular insight of importance. We usually have to rely on the idea's author for  an anecdotal report of the location - and where these reports are credible it is intriguing to link an image of the place, however prosaic that may be, to the powerful insight.

In London for example, where Southampton Row passes Russell Square across from the British Museum in Bloomsbury, on the 12th of September 1933 a thirty-five old Hungarian physicist named Leo Szilard waited for a pedestrian light to change. The light went green and he started to cross the road; by the time he reached the other side it had occurred to him how in certain circumstances it might be possible to set up a nuclear chain reaction, liberate energy on an industrial scale and construct atomic bombs.

Once shared, that insight had a monumental and irreversible effect on the world. (Source data: "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Richard Rhodes, published by Simon & Shuster 1986)