HM Queen Elizabeth II Preparatory Study by Arnold Friberg
In 1990, American illustrator and painter Arnold Friberg (1913-2010), renowned for his religious and patriotic works, was commissioned to complete an equestrian portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Centennial, the great-grandson of Man-O-War. Friberg completed diligent preparatory studies over a six week stay at Buckingham Palace. This mounted piece includes a photograph of Queen Elizabeth posed on a horse, above a handwritten commemorative plaque that reads: "HM Queen Elizabeth II Regina on Centennial in the palace garden at Buckingham by Arnold Friberg." Beneath these is a graphite sketch that lays out the compositional elements of what was to be the final equestrian portrait.
Being commissioned to paint this royal portrait would align Friberg with such great artists as: Rembrandt, Velazquez, Raphael, Rubens, Van Dyck and numerous other masters who had painted portraits of the Royal family. In recognition of his spiritual, royal and other historical paintings, Arnold Friberg was made a life member of the ancient and honorable Royal Society of Arts, London. And while his paintings are realistic and historically correct, it is Mr. Friberg's extraordinary ability to capture not only the drama of history, but also the vibrancy and inner strength of human characteristics that have earned him the respect and recognition as one of the greatest master painters of modern times.
Dimensions: 27 x 18.5