Painting of Her Majesty

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Original painting of Queen Elizabeth II to mark the historic occasion of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee

This portrait was painted on the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. It was officially unveiled in London (UK) on June 6, 2012, in the presence of Her Majesty, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston and the Right Honourable Stephen Harper. The painting was installed in Rideau Hall on June 28, 2012.

It is a contemporary representation of Her Majesty painted by Phil Richards. It includes a number of elements, some based on objects that can be found at Rideau Hall, some on objects that represent aspects of Her Majesty’s 60 years of service to Canada. For example, resting against two Victorian ink pots is a copy of the British North America Act of 1867, signed in Queen Victoria’s reign and repatriated in 1982 during Her Majesty’s reign. A pink rose in a small vase is the Queen Elizabeth Rose, introduced in 1954 in honour of the new monarch. The vase is embossed with The Queen’s Canadian Diamond Jubilee Emblem. There are six direct light sources visible in the painting, one for each decade of Her Majesty’s reign.

Mr. Richards notes it took about seven months, over a sixteen month period, to create the Diamond Jubilee painting of Her Majesty The Queen.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; and Canadian artist Phil Richards, unveils the original painting of The Queen by Canadian artist Phil Richards (Photo by Deborah Ransom, © Prime Minister’s Office, 2012).

On September 24, 2012, Their Excellencies The Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Sharon Johnston hosted a special screening of The Portrait, a National Film Board (NFB) 40-minute short film documenting the work of Mr. Richards as he creates the Diamond Jubilee portrait. For more information about the documentary The Portrait, visit the National Film Board’s website.

  • Artist: Phil Richards
  • Date: 2010-2012
  • Materials: Acrylic on canvas
  • Frame: Basswood and gold leaf (23K)
  • Dimensions: 315 cm x 224 cm
  • Collection: National Capital Commission, Official Residences, Crown Collection
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