Landseer Spotted in St James's Palace

October 22 2021

Image of Landseer Spotted in St James's Palace

Picture: The Royal Family via. Facebook

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has been in touch regarding a photograph of HRH The Price of Wales (pictured above). It was published yesterday as part of an awards ceremony for the Prince's Trust. However, it seems that it is the painting by Sir Edwin Landseer that has attracted all the attention online.

A reader writes:

I am not the only art history geek who was struck by the lively painting seen prominently behind HRH Prince Charles in this news-photo yesterday. A tantalising glimpse of paintings on display in the secret chambers of St James’s Palace, that are not credited by location on the excellent and exemplary Royal Collections website, unlike for other royal residences and loans, including Brighton Pavilion.


Do let me know if you ever come across any interesting paintings found in the back of otherwise unexciting press photographs.

I must admit, I became rather fixated on find out the origins of a painting found hanging in a press photograph of the Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg a few years ago. It shows a version of William Dobson's portrait of Charles II in armour kept at Windsor Castle. Early copies of Dobson's portraits are extremely rare, generally speaking. I wonder if anything is known about this example.

Update - Two readers have kindly been in touch with information that the aforementioned Conservative MP is in fact married to the daughter of the heir of the Wentworth Fitzwilliam paintings collection, which may explain the appearance of this painting. Most intriguing!

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