- Posted February 6, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Queen Elizabeth: Diamond Jubilee - New Portrait
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