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‘H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh’

‘H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh’

Presented by L.J. Brown.

At the Court Meeting on 10th. October 1956, a “letter from the Managing Director of “The Connoisseur” was read inviting the Company to accept from a wealthy Australian  the gift of a portrait painted by the artist Mr. R. Marintreu of Her Majesty the Queen. It was decided to accept this kind offer through Mr. J. Gledhill, a Liveryman of the Company, who had forwarded the letter from the journal.”

It seems likely that on hearing that the Company already had a portrait of Her Majesty (item 093/1954), Mr. Brown offered one of His Royal Highness instead.

There appears to be no record of who Mr. Brown was, or why he presented the painting to the Company, beyond the uninformative statement in the minutes of a Court meeting on 17th. July 1958 that “The Hon. Clerk gave a brief history of how the portrait came to be acquired”.  It was apparently originally intended that the painting  should be displayed with that of H.M.The Queen (item 093/1954 above) at Company dinners: it is at present hanging in the first floor gallery at Ironmongers’ Hall

Oil painting on canvas, by R. Marintreu


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