Royals: then and now at Beningbrough Hall

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Royals: then and now is a brand new collection of contemporary royal portraits from the National Portrait Gallery including the first official showing of the christening portrait of Prince George of Cambridge by Jason Bell.

The display can be found throughout the gardens and hall. Very large portraits sit at home in the grand spaces and modern pieces of art create a conversation in amongst the 18th century baroque features of the hall.

Discover prints of Queen Elizabeth II by Andy Warhol in the ornate first floor saloon with views over the gardens and parkland. The 12 foot tall Centenary Portrait by John Wonnacott looks perfectly balanced in the Great Hall sitting opposite King George I,  the first monarch in the Hanoverian Dynasty. Shining along the ground floor corridor is the striking light box 'Lightness of Being' by Chris Levine showing the Queen in an interesting light.

There are several photographs on display including a beautifully large and clear piece by Thomas Struth of The Queen and Prince Philip. There are several pieces from Mario Testino including the Engagement Portrait of Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Diana Princess of Wales.

The portraits include the dashing painting of Prince William and Prince Harry by Nicky Philipps and introduces contemporary works of art to Beningbrough for the first time to complement the collection of 18th century portraits on permanent loan.

Royals: then and now marks the 300th anniversary of the accession of the House of Hanover that lasted until Queen Victoria’s death, and shows members of the royal family of today in the context of their ancestors. Throughout the year delve deeper into the stories of the royal family through the last 300 years with a series of talks, tours, activities and brand new family trail.

Running from 1 March - 2 November 2014 on open days at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Garden, York.