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Organ, Bryan

(1935 -)

Diana, Princess of Wales, 1981

SKU: 10453

Pencil on paper

Inscribed, lower left: ‚Äö√Ñ√≤For John – a small reminder of our year 1981! – with warm affection ‚Äö√Ñ√¨ Brian Organ‚Äö√Ñ√¥ 

Signed and dated: 4 study – Lady Diana Spencer – Buckingham Palace – Bryan Organ May 3, 1981

24 x 19 (61 x 49.4 cm)

Size:
Height: 61cm
Width: 48.3cm

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
Dr John Hayes; Private Collection

This is the most finished of four drawing studies for Organ’s 1981 portrait of Lady Diana Spencer. The portrait was commissioned by the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery as the first official portrait of Diana to celebrate her forthcoming marriage to HRH Charles, Prince of Wales. In gratitude for the commission, and as a mark of friendship, the artist gave this preparatory drawing to the Gallery’s then Director, Dr John Hayes, from whom the present owner acquired the drawing.

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THE ARTIST

Organ, Bryan

1935 –

Born in Leicester in 1935, Bryan Organ studied at Loughborough College of art and the Royal Academy Schools. He is a leading painter of people, whose sitters include singers, scientists and sportsmen, although he is best known for his ground-breaking portraits of royalty.

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