© Christopher Thompson / National Portrait Gallery, London
by Christopher Thompson Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 2002
48 in. x 36 in. (1218 mm x 912 mm)
Given by David Shapiro, 2002
Thompson is a regular BP Portrait Award exhibitor and this portrait was selected for the 2002 exhibition.
2002 was an eventful year for the Royal Family, highlighted by the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations, but marred by the death of Princess Margaret, followed just three months later by the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at the age of 101 (making her the longest lived royal in British History).
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