Saturday, January 8, 2011

Masterpiece of the Week: The Coronation of George V, 1911

Coronation of King George V,
Edward, Prince of Wales Doing Homage
Laurits Regner Tuxen
The Royal Collection
Queen Victoria was the first notable English patron of Danish artist Laurits Regner Tuxen who traveled to England in 1880. His association with the British Royal Family continued until his death in 1927. Tuxen was commissioned to record the 1911 coronation of King George V is a monumental painting. The painting was so detailed that it was not completed until 1913 upon which time it was presented to the king.

Here, we see George V, newly seated on the throne. His brother, Edward, Prince of Wales, bows before him, paying homage. The the left of the canvas, we can see the newly-crowned Queen Mary, bathed in light.

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