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The Royal Family: A Centenary Portrait

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The Royal Family: A Centenary Portrait
Charles Saumarez Smith
Martin Gayford

This souvenir book records the commissioning of an extraordinary work, The Royal Family: A Centenary Portrait, painted by John Wonnacott to celebrate the hundredth birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on 4 August 2000, in which four generations of the Royal family were brought together on the brink of the 21st century.

Charles Saumarez Smith's essay charts the iconography of the royal portrait in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery over the last hundred and fifty years, while Martin Gayford provides a behind-the-scenes look at the development of this exceptional painting, from drawings to sittings to the final unveiling.

210 x 148mm, 40 pages
30 illustrations, 19 in colour
ISBN 1 85514 311 9
£4.95 (paperback)


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