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    Celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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    Queen Elizabeth: Diamond Jubilee - New Portrait

    A new portrait of the Queen by expressionist painter Stephen B Whatley; completed just days before the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's ascension to the throne, today , February 6th.

    Entitled Queen Elizabeth II: Diamond Jubilee Tribute, the oil painting was inspired by photographs and especially the artist's memory of meeting the Queen in 2004 at the Tower of London; 4 years after completion of 30 paintings he was commissioned to create - all of which are reproduced permanently throughout Tower Hill Underpass that leads to the Tower.

    The Queen is depicted wearing the George IV Diadem; and Stephen's memory of studying the Crown Jewels in the Jewel House, for his Tower commission, was vivid; recapturing the sparkling sensations.

    Stephen remembers Her Majesty 'glowing with a gentle humility and kindness...I wanted the painting to evoke both tenderness and strength - to be full of sparkles, in this Diamond Jubilee year...the gleam of the diamonds, the twinkle in the Queen's eyes'

    Stephen previous Royal works, in a career of over 20 years, include paintings of Buckingham Palace for the Royal Collection - one of which hangs in the Palace - and tributes to the Queen's late sister Princess Margaret, and Prince William and Kate Middleton; prior to their Royal Wedding last year

    The work of Stephen B Whatley is in private collections worldwide; and in public collections including the Royal Collection, Historic Royal Palaces, BBC Heritage & the London Transport Museum.

    Oil on canvas
    35.5 x 23.5in/ 90.2 x 59.7cm
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