Julian Calder

Queen of Scots, Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle and Chief of the Chiefs (Photographed in 2010 (printed 2013))

About this artwork

In this portrait Queen Elizabeth II is presented as Sovereign of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Thistle, a chivalric order that dates from the seventeenth century. Her Majesty wears the robes of the Order and insignia bearing the emblem of the thistle (the national flower of Scotland) and the cross of Saint Andrew (the patron saint of both the nation and the Order). Evoking the great paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn, the photographer presents the viewer with a formal portrait set against a highland backdrop. The photograph was taken by the Gelder Burn on the Balmoral estate.

  • title: Queen of Scots, Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle and Chief of the Chiefs
  • accession number: PGP 858
  • artist: Julian CalderBritish (born 20th November 1945)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • date created: Photographed in 2010 (printed 2013)
  • measurements: 132.08 x 203.2 cm
  • credit line: Bought with the aid of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2013

Julian Calder

Julian Calder

Born in Essex, Calder studied photography at Guildford School of Art. He began his photographic career as an assistant for advertising photographers. However, after seeing the work of photojournalist, William Eugene Smith, Calder became more interested in reportage. Following an assignment to photograph ‘The end of the Hippie dream’ in America, he went on to work for Time Magazine and Fortune Magazine. Calder is also interested in the sphere of employment and has received commissions to produce photographs for over 100 annual reports and company brochures. For the last ten years he has focused more on portrait photography. In 2012 Calder was commissioned to take sixteen official portraits of Her Majesty The Queen and HRH Prince Philip.