Not surprisingly, I have been thinking of the big John Wonnacott painting of the Royal Family, done for the Queen Mother’s 100th. birthday in 2000, commissioned as a way of showing the different generations of the Royal Family – a sense of their interaction, their family relationships and of the succession, which didn’t seem such an issue then.
In retrospect, I wonder if it should have been done in Clarence House, not Buckingham Palace, but it was a self-conscious updating of John Lavery’s The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace (1913). I notice that pictures acquire a different aura of significance long after the event:-
2 thoughts on “Portraits of the Queen”
I’m looking at Julian Calder’s portrait on display today in the NGS Portrait Gallery. I have to say I find it very odd.
Yes, I hadn’t seen this. It does look a bit odd, not least because she looks so unhappy being out on the moor in the wrong outfit. Charles