Australia-Britain Society Foundation Support For The National Portrait Gallery

Australia-Britain Society Foundation Support For The National Portrait Gallery

Published 22nd October

In news from Australia, our sister-society, the Australia-Britain Society Foundation, has recently assisted in the National Portrait Gallery’s display of the Queen’s Portrait, as the Society report details below:

 

As a major contribution to the celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Year, the Trustees of the Foundation decided to assist the National Portrait Gallery’s intention to bring to Australia Ralph Heimans’ official painting The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

The magnificent 4m x 2m portrait was unveiled on 28th September by Her Excellency the Governor-General of Australia Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO.  The portrait, the artist and the Gallery received good press nationally and internationally and that weekend over 10,000 visitors came to the Gallery to view the Queen who was standing where she was crowned, depicted in a contemplative moment, no doubt considering the years of responsibility that she has so nobly shouldered.

 

The portrait will remain in the Gallery for six months which includes three months of the Jubilee Year and three months of the Centenary of Canberra.

Also displayed is the famous William Dargie painting of the Queen known as the Wattle Painting because of the spray of wattle that she is wearing.

 

On 5th October three of the Trustees also attended a dinner at the Gallery where the guest speaker was Mr Sandy Nairne, the Director of Britain’s National Portrait Gallery, who gave a splendid insight into the many portraits of the Queen.  Mr Nairne also praised the Australian artist Ralph Heimans for his technical skills.

 

For more information about our sister-society, visit their Website at: http://www.ausbrit.org/ 

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The organisations shown have all committed to supporting this year’s events. Many thanks to them.

Commonwealth Bank Australia, CPA AustraliaEtihadCA ANZ,
Godiva ChocolatierTait Memorial Trust and Vestey Foods Group.