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Living Paintings

Paintings from the Royal Collection

Suitable for: Adults

Sponsored by: Underwood Trust

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With an introduction by HRH The Prince of Wales, we are treated to a tour of the Royal Collection of works of art. The paintings cover a wide range of subjects by world famous artists and span the centuries, ending with a modern portrait of our Queen in her Coronation robes with a wonderful audio description by Joanna Lumley.

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I am very pleased to have this chance to introduce the Living Paintings Trust's twenty-first Album of paintings a selection from the Royal Collection.
I had the enormous good fortune to grow up and live amongst the pictures and objects which make up that collection, and am delighted that it should be enjoyed as widely as possible. Now, as Chairman of the Trustees of the Royal Collection, I am able to support marvellous initiatives like this one. It is not always easy I am told that library members have been asking for this new album since 1993 but we are making progress, and it is wonderful that the money has been found to make this twenty-first Album a reality at last in time for the beginning of the 21st century. The Royal Collection is not an art gallery. Its paintings were bought over the centuries to decorate the homes and official residences of sovereigns, or indeed, Princes of Wales! To all intents and purposes, they are national heirlooms of which each successive sovereign is the guardian, adding to them as she, or he, thinks fit and is able, and looking after them as well as possible.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Triptych: Crucifixion and other subjects by Duccio de Buoninsegna
Elizabeth I when Princess – Unknown
The Five Eldest Children of Charles I by St Antony Van Dyck
The Shipbuilder and his Wife by Rembrandt van Rijn
A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman by Jan Vermeer
A Page with Two Horses by Aelbert Cuyp
Venice: the Piazetta towards the Torre dell’Orologio by Canaletto
William Anderson with Two Saddle Horses by George Stubbs
Princess Victoire of Saxe-Coburg Gotha by Sir Edwin Landseer
H.M. The Queen, State Portrait by Sir James Gunn

What our members say

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The variation of the pictures I very much enjoyed ... the history of both the subjects of the paintings and their artists add great knowledge to the wonderful pictures ... Library Member
What a wonderful book. The best so far! What a wonderful book. The best so far! As well as appreciating the paintings, I have learnt so much history. Library Member
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