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Friday 25 July 2014

Connery painting to go on show?

A painting of Sir Sean Connery in a thong could go on public display

A painting said to depict Sir Sean Connery posing for an art class wearing only a thong could go on public display, relatives of the artist who created the work have revealed.

Robert Webster, known as Rab, painted the actor in 1951 while a student at the Edinburgh College of Art.

Mr Webster died last month at the age of 83 after suffering a cancerous growth in his stomach.

The previously unseen oil painting shows Sir Sean's bare back, with his head turned to one side.

Mr Webster's relatives want to stage an exhibition of around 50 paintings which Mr Webster created between around 1945 and 1967.

Nick Bihel, who is married to Mr Webster's niece Heather, said: "There were a few sketches of Sean Connery which are distributed among the family, so to speak. The oil painting was part of a whole load of paintings just stacked on top of each other in a studio he used as a darkroom.

"It's a totally unseen collection. We always knew he had done work of Sean Connery. Sean Connery was a male model for art classes at the college when Rab Webster was there.

"Sean Connery has some sort of thong on in the painting. It's not completely nude. He never sold or exhibited any of his paintings but it is fairly obvious he was a very talented artist."

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