Royal brothers caught in a frame
The first-ever double portrait of Princes William and Harry, depicting the brothers in a casual conversation, has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London.art and culture Updated: Jan 08, 2010 20:31 IST
The first-ever double portrait of Princes William and Harry, depicting the brothers in a casual conversation, has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The painting shows the princes wearing the formal uniform of Household Cavalry Blues and Royals, ready to take part in the 2008 Trooping the Colour as lieutenants in the regiment.
While Harry is wearing his Afghanistan campaign medal, William — who is now training to be an Royal Air Force search-and-rescue pilot — is wearing the Star and Garter sash and badge.
They are also sporting the Queen’s Jubilee Medals in the portrait that shows the two brothers in the late Queen Mother’s former resi dence, Clarence House.
The brothers, aged 27 and 25 years are second and third in line to the throne, the
“Prince Harry has the most wonderful profile,” said Nicky Philipps, the painter who was commissioned by the Gallery to undertake the 11,000-pound work. The portrait also shows William wearing a scar mark around his forehand caused when he was hit with a golf club while at school.
It depicts an imaginary moment as the two brothers never posed formally for the artist but they do sat several times for Philipps at her studio in South Kensington. The painter later visited Clarence House to fill in the background.
The 54-inches by 58-inches painting will be on display for next six months before being returned to the gallery’s collection or sent out on loan.