More than 100 works by Royal Academicians have gone on display at The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace
this autumn in the special exhibition, Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen. From prints, drawings, and photographs, to works in oil, watercolour and mixed media, the portfolio of works on paper was presented to Her Majesty The Queen by the Royal Academy of Arts last year to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. It includes works by some of the most high-profile Academicians, including Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Grayson Perry among others.
The Royal Academy was founded by George III in 1768, and Her Majesty The Queen is the current Patron. The Academy has presented gifts to The Queen on two previous significant occasions in Her Majestys reign. The first portfolio was given to mark the Coronation in 1953 and contained work by Augustus John, Sir Alfred Munnings and Stanley Spencer. The second was presented in celebration of The Queens Silver Jubilee in 1977 and included works by Peter Blake, Dame Elisabeth Frink and Carel Weight. Nine Academicians, including Olwyn Bowey, Bernard Dunstan and David Tindle, have contributed to both the Silver and Diamond Jubilee portfolios.
The gift was presented to The Queen in November 2012 by the Royal Academys President, Christopher Le Brun, and its Secretary and Chief Executive, Dr Charles Saumarez Smith. The Queen most recently visited the Royal Academy of Arts in May 2012 when she attended a Celebration of the Arts reception to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
For the Diamond Jubilee portfolio, several Academicians have given works inspired by The Queens reign. These include Professor Tracey Emins HRH Royal Britannia, a monoprint portrait of The Queen, and sculptor John Maines Westminster Abbey Sacrarium, a drawing of the Abbeys Cosmati Pavement, the spot where The Queen was crowned. The architect Michael Manser has contributed a drawing and photograph of The Queens Suite, Heathrow Airport, which he designed in 1988.
Other highlights of the portfolio include: Gillian Ayres, Festive 1; Basil Beattie, Janus Series; Olwyn Bowey, Susie; Sir Anthony Caro, Seated Figure; Maurice Cockrill, Treasure; Eileen Cooper, From the 'Couples' series; David Hockney, 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee, iPad drawing ; Anish Kapoor, Untitled; Sonia Lawson, Twin Forms; Leonard Manasseh, Daylight; David Nash, Yellow; Humphrey Ocean, Birds at Ngong; Grayson Perry, Design for Kenilworth AMI; Tom Phillips, Sixteen Appearances of the Union Jack; Richard Long, A Days Walk across Dartmoor; Dhruva Mistry, Head; Joe Tilson, For Her Majesty The Queen a P.C. from Venice; Cornelia Parker, Spitting Sugar; Richard Wilson, Hang on a minute lads, Ive got a great idea!.
There are also two Olympic-themed works Zaha Hadids gouache and charcoal work Olympic Aquatics Centre, and Anne Desmets wood engraving Olympic Shadows.