Sir Richard Lambert was born in 1944. He studied History at Balliol College Oxford. A Journalist and business man he joined the Financial Times newspaper in 1966. In 1982 he moved to New York as Bureau Chief and a year later returned to the UK as Deputy Editor. From 1991 until 2001 he was the Editor for the paper. From June 2003 to March 2006, he was one of the nine members of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. In 2004 he was awarded an Honorary degree by the University of Warwick. In 2006 he became Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry and in 2011 was knighted for service to business.
Sir Richard Lambert is currently the Chairman of the British Museum. This photograph was taken at the Museum and in the background is a portrait, painted by David Allan in 1775, of Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803), in the robes of a Knight of the Bath with the smoking Vesuvius in the background. Hamilton was a British Diplomat, antiquarian and archaeologist. He was Ambassador to Naples, 1764-1800 and he bequeathed much of his collection of classical antiquaries to the British Museum.
Jooney Woodward has captured Sir Richard in what appears to be an un-posed moment in the boardroom, where he fulfils his leadership role in this world renowned institution. In Jooney’s own words ‘people have a certain look, and I think that’s what I want to capture’ this is evident in this portrait.