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Watercolours and Drawings from the Collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE FIRST exhibition devoted to the collection of watercolours and drawings formed by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, can be seen at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace from May 19 to October 29, 2006.

With more than 70 works on show, some for the first time, the exhibition will reflect the Queen Mother’s love of art and her support of contemporary artists at a time when members of the Royal Family tended to be conservative in their choice of pictures.

The collection includes landscapes and interiors, such as Glamis Castle in Aberdeenshire, the Queen Mother’s childhood home, plus still lifes, figure studies and portraits.

Among the latter, two are by Mabel Hankey – of the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, and her sister Margaret – which were done in 1942 shortly before the artist’s death. Other artists include Thomas Gainsborough and John Bratby.

This exhibition will be shown alongside Treasures from the Royal Collection which includes paintings by Duccio, Rubens, Cuyp, Van Dyck and Lely; as well as furniture, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, silver and gold.

Until June 11, 2006, the new portrait of The Queen by Rolf Harris, will also be on display at the Queen’s Gallery. Access to the portrait is included in the general admission to the Gallery.