Scottish National Portrait Gallery Acquires New Portrait of the Queen

January 17, 2014 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | General | 0 Comments |
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The National Galleries of Scotland has announced the acquisition of a photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The formal portrait, captured by Julian Calder in August 2010, went on display yesterday at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. In this photograph Her Majesty The Queen is presented as Sovereign of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Thistle, a chivalric Order that dates from the seventeenth century. Her Majesty wears the robes of the Order and insignia bearing the emblem of the thistle (the national flower of Scotland) and the cross of Saint Andrew. 

National Galleries of Scotland Press Release

NEWLY ACQUIRED PHOTOGRAPH OF THE QUEEN UNVEILED AT SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
 
Dramatic portrait takes pride of place alongside paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn.
 
The National Galleries of Scotland announces the acquisition of a photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that goes on display today at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Photographer Julian Calder’s Queen of Scots, Sovereign of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Thistle and Chief of The Chiefs, depicts Her Majesty The Queen standing by the Gelder Burn on the Balmoral estate in Royal Deeside. 
 
The formal portrait, set against a dramatic highland backdrop, was made in August 2010 and the photographer was inspired by the work of great Scottish artist, Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823), who included evocative landscapes as backgrounds for some of his most memorable paintings. It has been hung in Gallery 7 at the Portrait Gallery close to examples of Raeburn’s portraiture.  
 
In this photograph Her Majesty The Queen is presented as Sovereign of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Thistle, a chivalric Order that dates from the seventeenth century. Her Majesty wears the robes of the Order and insignia bearing the emblem of the thistle (the national flower of Scotland) and the cross of Saint Andrew (the patron saint of both the nation and the Order). 
 
This memorable portrait first appeared in a book called Keepers: The Ancient Offices of Britain (2013), by Alastair Bruce, Julian Calder and Mark Cator. This edition of the book was published to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. The photograph now in the collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is however the only version of the portrait in a gallery collection. 
 
Christopher Baker, Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, commented:
 
“This unusual and impressive portrait of Her Majesty The Queen is a very welcome addition to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Her Majesty visited the Gallery in 2012 to formally re-open, following its highly successful re-development, and so it is especially pleasing to be able to show here such a striking and distinctly Scottish portrait, which represents an accomplished and fresh interpretation of traditional imagery.”

Photo: Queen of Scots, Sovereign of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Thistle and Chief of The Chiefs © Julian Calder



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