I love the Portrait Gallery, my fourth visit me thinks and still finding new things to see.
Wandered through the BP Portrait Prize then headed up to the restaurant for a lovely lazy lunch.
The Tudor portraits blow my mind, those kings and queens actually sat for these paintings, these amazing historical figures that I learnt bits about in high school history. To have these portraits to add another layer to the history, love it.
The joy of today’s visit was The Queen Art & Image.
Queen Elizabeth II was a glamorous woman when she came to the throne. Photographs of her, formal, informal, snapped when she was out at night, all giving an intimate view of the Queen. I realized as I was walking through the exhibition, which is set out with examples from each decade of her rein, that I grew up watching her, seeing her – her portrait in our school, on visits, on television.
When I was 13 I got chosen or put my name forward to go to the Showgrounds in Melbourne and wave at the Queen on her tour of Australia. I have a foggy memory of the occasion, via television or indeed my actual memory – an open jeep type car with her standing waving, is that possible?
Favourite image – Lightness of Being by Chris Levine.
Second favourite a painting from the first years of her rein during the 1950s by Pietro Annigoni.
Fabulous exhibition if you are in London before it closes October 21st then do spend the £6!