Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

1 portrait on display in Room 37 at the National Portrait Gallery

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, by Paul Emsley, 2012 - NPG 6956 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

by Paul Emsley
oil on canvas, 2012
45 3/8 in. x 38 in. (1152 mm x 965 mm)
Commissioned and given by Sir Hugh Leggatt in memory of Sir Denis Mahon through the Art Fund, 2012
Primary Collection
NPG 6956


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Glasgow-born artist Paul Emsley grew up in South Africa and won first prize in the BP Portrait Award (2007). Painting Her Royal Highness at the beginning of her public life, The Duchess was able to give Emsley two sittings, the first at Kensington Palace and the second at the artist's studio. Emsley's subjects are frequently located against a dark background and emphasize, 'the singularity and silence of the form'.

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