The Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley
7 September 2013 - 6 November 2013
This is the only display of the first official painted portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge outside London this year.
The painting by artist Paul Emsley was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in January. The Holburne is a fitting place to show this important portrait - a few miles from where the picture was painted and in a room that sits next to our great collection of eighteenth-century British portraits.
HRH Duchess of Cambridge
By Paul Emsley (b.1947)
Oil on canvas, 2012
1152 x 965 (45 3/8 x 38)
© National Portrait Gallery, London; A National Portrait Gallery commission given by Sir Hugh Leggatt in memory of Sir Denis Mahon through the Art Fund
Glasgow-born Paul Emsley grew up in South Africa but now lives and works in Bradford on Avon. In 2007 he won the prestigious BP Portrait Award and subsequent commissions have included portraits of V.S.Naipaul (2009) and Nelson Mandela (2010). His portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge has been lent to the Holburne by the National Portrait Gallery.
A film about the making of the portrait will be available to view in the Sackler Discovery Centre at the Holburne.
Paul Emsley in Conversation with Xa Sturgis
Tuesday 17 September, 7.30pm
Paul Emsley talks about his commission to paint the Duchess of Cambridge with Xa Sturgis the Director of the Holburne Museum. Together they will discuss the circumstances of the commission, the particular challenges it presented and the process of painting the portrait. Tel 01225 388569
Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm