For the first time, a nude painting of Sir Sean Connery will be be displayed later this year. The painting shows a young Connery from the back, clad only in a black g-string.
The young James Bond star posed for a class of Edinburgh College of Art students in 1952, just before he caught his big break. BBC News reports that apparently when Connery posed, "he treated it just as a job and that he didn't say very much."
Painted by Rab Webster, who died last year at age 83, the nude will be shown in an exhibition of Webster's work in his hometown of Selkirk. Scottish Borders Council's arts officer Elizabeth Hume said, "I also noted Rab had never held an exhibition before. I am always on the lookout for quirky and interesting exhibitions for the museum and felt Rab's paintings and story fitted the bill."Hume also studied at Edinburgh College of Art, but not during the time Connery was modeling for student. Hume is at a loss to explain why Rab's works haven't exhibited before:
It is quite strange because the paintings are very impressive and of a professional standard [...]It was hard to say where a lot of his works were painted as there are no dates or locations on the canvases [...] which is strange as most paintings include these details in order to sell them. [...]We had to rely on the family's knowledge to identify a lot of them. [...]But we felt the exhibition was important as many people in the area either knew Rab or were taught by him.