Peter H. Marshall commissioned to paint portrait of Br Fabian Hynes

Peter has been commissioned to paint a posthumous portrait of Brother Fabian Hynes who was the head of the Vatican Pharmacy for 52 years in Rome.


Brother Fabian was appointed to the Vatican Pharmacy in 1956 where he became the Director of the Pharmacy and shortly afterwards was appointed the Prior of the St. John of God Community in the Vatican. He served as the head of the Pharmacy for 52 years which he modernized and expanded. He filled scripts for six Popes; Pope Pius XII, Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI – and countless others in the Vatican, as well as for the general public. The pharmacy supplies hospitals and clinics for difficult to find medicines as well as many missions throughout the world.

Br Fabian grew up in Earlwood (Australia) and attended Marist Brothers schools in Darlinghurst and Lismore, he studied pharmacy at the University of Sydney. Br Fabian died in June 2013 aged 85.