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The Queen's Pictures: Royal Collectors Through the Centuries Hardcover – 2 Oct 1991

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: National Gallery Company Ltd; First Edition edition (2 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0947645888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0947645885
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 23.4 x 2.8 cm
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Format: Hardcover
I have the National Gallery version of this book.
See the details above in the Amazon description.

The catalogue looks at various masterpieces that entered the Royal Collectionin various Monarchs Reigns.
There are two introductory essays.
Caring for the Queen's Pictures. Surveyors Past and Present. The Surveyor was the person responsible for maintaining the Royal Collection in fine form.
Vignettes of Royal Collections and Collectors from Queen Elizabeth to Queen Victoria.
The Tudors and Stuarts
The Stuarts
Frederick, Prince of Wales. {he died before becoming King ]
George III and George IV.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 1
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 2
Index of Paintings
No index

One of the interests of this catalogue is to see when various works moved interest Royal Collection.
I was surprised to see Georges De La Tour ' St Jerome Reading ' was acquired by Charles II in 1662
Georges De La Tour has mainly come to prominence in the last 100 years

Some paintings I Liked were
No 3 Hans Holbein the Younger.
Portrait of Derich Born
A half length portrait, with his hands cross on a sill.
He is dressed in dark garments and there is a dark background. His face is well lite as is the two hands and sill.
He looks fairly young. He appears to have a dark cap on his head.
In the dark background on both sides are delicate branches with golden leaves.

No 2 is the other Hans Holbein the Younger. Noli me Tangere. {Touch me not - these relate to a scene after Christ's Ressurection ]

No 8. The Family of Henry VIII. Unknown artist
A complex picture. This is a very long picture divided into 3 sections
Henry VIII with his third wife Jane Seymour and his son Edward {later Edward VI ] are in the centre.
On the two ends are Princess Mary [later Mary I ] and at the other end is Princess Elizabeth [later Elizabeth I ]
There is a lot more one could say about this interesting painting.

No 12 Rembrandt
An Old Woman. The Artist's Mother.
Apparently a gift to Charles I by Sir Robert Kerr [ along with 2 other Dutch pictures]. Given about 1633
Another painting in the gift was also by Rembrandt. It was sold when Charles the First was executed-it is in the Walker Art Museum Liverpool.
The third painting is still to be identified.
It is interesting seeing these paintings enter the Royal Collection soon after they were painted.
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