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‘H.M. Queen Elizabeth II’

Oil painting on canvas, by M. Easton, believed to be the first portrait of Her Majesty painted after her succession to the throne.  Photograph – see frontispiece.

Presented by Sir George Leighton Seager, Bt., CBE, DL, (later the Rt. Hon. the Lord Leighton of St. Mellons) in commemoration of his year as Prime Warden 1953-1954.

The painting  was hung in the Queen's Room at the Baltic Exchange, where for many years Company dinners were held. When the Company moved to Ironmongers' Hall in 1978, it was agreed that the painting, while still the property of the Company, should remain in the position which it had occupied for so many years. The painting survived the bombing of the Baltic Exchange in 1992,  and now hangs in the board room of the new Baltic Exchange.

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