Thatcher Hanging

Brown: I want Lady Thatcher portrait to hang in No 10

By SIMON WALTERS - Daily Mail 15th September 2007

The row surrounding Margaret Thatcher's Downing Street meeting with Gordon Brown has intensified after it was revealed she has accepted his offer to commission a painting of her and for it to go on permanent display in No10.

One of Lady Thatcher's favourite artists, Richard Stone, who has painted the Queen, the Queen Mother and Nancy Reagan, as well as Labour Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, is expected to be commissioned to work on Lady Thatcher's portrait.

Mr Stone recently completed a giant portrait of 22-stone gorilla Koko, which has gained celebrity status in America since being trained by scientists to "talk".