The countdown is on to source the £300,000 necessary to purchase an unfinished portrait of the Duke of Wellington for the United Kingdom.
London’s National Portrait Gallery has until the end of March 2017 to secure the balance of the £1.3 million price tag attached to the portrait painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence. It is being offered for sale by a private collector who purchased it at auction in 2013. Continue reading
The Chandos Portrait was painted circa 1600-1610 possibly by John Taylor, an important member of the Painter-Stainers’ Company who was thought to be a friend of the celebrated dramatist and poet. Though there are several Shakespeare portraits in existence it is considered the painting which is most likely to portray the Bard from life. Now the trustees of the National Portrait Gallery are in discussion over whether to allow the work to be cleaned, a proposal which was considered at a seminar with outside specialists. Continue reading
‘Girl in a Liberty Dress’ depicts Drummond’s friend and fellow painter, Kirsty Buchanan. Drummond previously submitted two portraits of Buchanan to the BP awards in 2013 and 2014 but both paintings fell short of scooping first prize. It is the fifth time the Edinburgh-born artist has been selected to exhibit her work at the awards with earlier works including a 2006 portrait of her friend, the actor Ben Whishaw. Continue reading