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A Pair of Royal Presentation Portrait Photographs, 1954

Autographed signed portraits by royal photographer Dorothy Wilding of the Queen and Prince Philip, each signed in the lower mount and dated 1954. Contained in gilt wood diptych frame. Glazed.

The present portrait of the Queen was made at a photographic session in February 1952 that also provided the images for definitive postage stamp issues known as Wilding stamps which included three out of the four 1953 Coronation stamps. The Queen is portrayed in a dress by the favourite royal designer Norman Hartnell and wearing the George IV State Diadem, insignia of the Order of the Garter, and  the Nizam of Hyderabad diamond necklace given to her as wedding present in 1947. Dorothy Wilding’s relationship with the Royal family, as their favoured photographer, continued until her retirement in 1958. Her autobiography ‘In Pursuit of Perfection’ was published that year. Her surviving archives were presented to the National Portrait Gallery in 1976 and formed the basis of a major N.P.G. retrospective exhibition and catalogue in 1991 also entitled ‘The Pursuit of Perfection’.
 

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