Half length portrait. Sir John is seated at his desk, his left hand holding a document with his spectacles in his right. Behind him is a carved wooden fire surround and the wall of the room appears to be curved, The Vice Chancellor's robes can just be seen in front of him to the viewer's left. He wears a grey suit with a white shirt and deep red tie with matching hankerchief in his left breast pocket. On his desk are letters and documents, pens and pencils, an ink blotter and a letter opener.