Return of The Duchess
6:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
BRADFORD on Avon artist Paul Emsley will be welcoming home his portrait of The Duchess of Cam-bridge when it is moved to The Holburne Museum in Bath next month. The first official painting of the duchess, entitled HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, was unveiled in January and has been at the National Portrait Gall-ery in London ever since. Mr Emsley will be at the preview of the portrait at The Holburne Museum on September 6, and members of the public can see it from September 7 until Novem-ber 6 with free admission. The Glasgow-born artist, who has lived in Bradford for 16 years, said: “The Holburne is a lovely museum. It feels quite personal, almost as though it’s coming home.”
He took three months to complete the portrait and painted the duchess, 31, at his Bradford studio in May 2012 and Kensington Palace the following month, but received mixed reactions once it was unveiled. He said: “Every artist knows that once a work is completed there follows a period of doubt. The fuss that followed the unveiling added to that for a time. Since then I have seen the portrait again once or twice and I am happy with it. It was a difficult commission with enormous pressure. “I hope that people will go to see the actual portrait; it is a different experience to viewing an image in the media.” He returns to The Hol-burne Museum on Septem-ber 17 to talk about how it felt to be commissioned by London’s National Portrait Gallery, which the duchess is a patron of.