Prince Charles

1 portrait on display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery

Prince Charles, by Bryan Organ, 1980 - NPG 5365 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Prince Charles

by Bryan Organ
acrylic on canvas, 1980
70 in. x 70 1/8 in. (1778 mm x 1782 mm)
Commissioned, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5365

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  • Bryan Organ (1935-), Painter. Artist of 16 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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The first painted portrait of Prince Charles to enter the NPG collection was commissioned by the Gallery's Trustees in 1980. The following year the artist was commissioned to paint the Princess of Wales, shortly before her wedding. In this portrait the prince's relaxed presentation is strikingly modern. He wears polo clothes, a sport he played for forty years.

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