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Royal Presentation Portrait of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, 1980

Black and white half length portrait of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (1900-2002), Queen of George V. Signed and dated ‘Elizabeth R /1980’ in the lower mount. The Queen Mother is shown wearing the Greville tiara (so-called because it was made for the Hon. Mrs Greville by Boucheron and bequeathed by her to the Queen Mother in 1942), the sash of the Order of the Garter together with the Royal Family Orders of Queen Elizabeth II and George VI. Photographer’s stamp of Anthony Buckley verso. Contained in original easel backed blue morocco glazed frame by Royal Warrant holders Plante & Johnson, London, the arched top bearing the crowned ER cypher.

Anthony Buckley (1912-1993) opened his first portrait studio in 1937 and he quickly gained a reputation for his portraits of leading actresses of the day. After serving in World War II, he worked from a studio on St Alban's Street and then in the 1950s on New Bond Street, when he purchased the premises and business of Janet Jevons. In the early 1950s he worked in the London studio of royal photographer Dorothy Wilding. His reputation as a leading stage portraitist grew rapidly. In the 1960s he moved to Grosvenor Street, an address that better reflected his enhanced status as a royal photographer. His prints spanning the years 1937-75 were donated to the National Portrait Gallery in 1995.


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