About this artwork

Born Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the youngest daughter of the 14th Earl of Strathmore, the Queen Mother was descended from Robert II of Scotland. She was born in England but spent part of every year at Glamis Castle in Angus during her childhood. In 1923 she married the Duke of York, who became George VI unexpectedly after his brother's abdication in 1936. The Queen Mother always enjoyed the affection of the British public and had a gift of manifesting genuine interest. This sensitive and dignified portrait was the first commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery to record important living Scots.

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  • title: Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, 1900 - 2002. Queen of George VI
  • accession number: PG 2598
  • artist: Avigdor ArikhaIsraeli (1929 - 2010)
  • depicted: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Royalty
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1983
  • measurements: 49.70 x 50.30 cm (framed: 73.20 x 73.20 x 5.00 cm)
  • credit line: Commissioned 1982
  • copyright: © Estate of Avigdor Arikha. All rights reserved, DACS 2016

Avigdor Arikha

Avigdor Arikha

Israeli artist Arikha was born in Romania. He studied in Paris from 1949 to 1951, making it his permanent home in 1954. After establishing himself as an illustrator, Arikha made abstract paintings until 1965. After this time, he restricted himself to drawing and etching, making a series of portraits of his friend, the playwright Samuel Beckett. When he began painting again in 1973, Arikha worked exclusively from life, painting quickly and straight onto the canvas using oil paints. The National Galleries of Scotland own several of Arikha's portraits, which are notable for their sense of calm and mastery of colour.