The Royalist

12.14.12

Queen Given 97 Works of Art By Great British Artists

Tracey Emin, David Hockney and Grayson Perry are among 97 artists to have given works to the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

Tracey Emin
Prof Tracey Emin RA, HRH Royal Britannia, 2012. (DACS )

The artists are all members of the Royal Academy who responded to  request to produce an orignal work for the Queen, and The Royal Academy of Arts presented the 97 works, including prints and oil paintings to the Queen last month.

The Royal Collection Trust described the works as a varied selection of "the best of contemporary British art".

Martin Clayton, senior curator of prints and drawings, said: "It seems livelier and more varied than the Academy's equivalent gifts for the Queen's Coronation and Silver Jubilee. "The Coronation gift was quite conservative, and even in 1977 there was still a feeling that individual artists were playing safe in their choice of works. Now in 2012 there is no sense of dutiful deference," he added.

David Hockney
David Hockney, 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee. ((C) David Hockney )

The Queen is the patron of The Royal Academy of Arts, which was founded by George III in 1768. It has presented gifts to the monarch to mark three significant events during her reign.

The works in the latest presentation have been added to the Royal Collection, and will go on display at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace next autumn.