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The Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition in honour of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 5 May – Saturday 14 May 

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Our Patron HM The Queen has reigned for over half of the time the Royal Society of Portrait Painters has existed. As one of the most painted figures in history, her epoch has been intertwined with portraiture, and as such, intimately connected with members of the Royal Society.

To mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee the Royal Society of Portrait Painters is honoured to show a curated selection of portraits of our monarch by past and present member artists, alongside our Annual Exhibition.



Throughout her seven decades of service the Queen has sat innumerable times, each painting a unique vista into a remarkable life and person. The selected paintings exhibited at the Jubilee Exhibition 2022 represent her reign to the present day, demonstrating a wide array of artistic styles, sizes, mediums and methods.

Each artist who receives such an illustrious commission confronts diverse challenges in painting the monarch. Primarily, they are presented with a figure of state, embodied in tradition – an emblematic position that transcends the everyday to take a place in history. Conversely, and most salient to a portraitist, each painting looks for the intimate expression of a human being.

A wide range of national institutions have provided steady patronage to our society’s members, allowing them to embark on career defining commissions. A commission of the queen offers a thrilling chance to contribute to the long chain of Royal paintings that thread through our culture and history.

We are very grateful to those institutions whose commitment to painted portraits have provided such an opportunity to artists and to these institutions in particular for lending their paintings of HM Queen for this exhibition.

With special thanks to:

  • National Portrait Gallery, London
  • Royal Automobile Club, London
  • Royal Hospital Chelsea, London
  • Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, London
  • The Rifles

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition in honour of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022.

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