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Twentieth-Century Watercolours and Drawings

The Queen Mother's collection was particularly strong in works by twentieth-century British artists. She collected most actively during her husband's reign, a period dominated by the Second World War (1939-45). Sir Kenneth Clark, chairman of the War Artists' Advisory Committee and a close friend of the Queen, did much to keep painters in work during the war. The Queen gave vital support to the arts during this time, purchasing and comissioning pictures from living artists, visiting galleries and lending paintings from her collection to exhibitions. Clark wrote to her in 1942:

'There has, in fact, been a really remarkable increase in the appreciation of art during the last three years & to this (I would venture to say) Your Majesty's interest & understanding has contributed very greatly..'

After the war the Queen continued to add to her collection, in particular acquiring works by artists she knew personally, including John Piper, Augustus John and Edward Seago.

Sir David Young Cameron (1865-1945)

The carse of Stirling

Sir Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)

H.R.H. in the 'sixties.

Sir Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)

H.R.H. in the 'nineties.

Sir Hans Heysen (1877-1968)

Brachina Gorge

Augustus John (1878-1961)

Dorelia, standing

Augustus John (1878-1961)


Catharine Dodgson (1883-1954)

Tenerife, 1939

William Dring (1904-90)

On leave

Norma Bull (1906-80)

The Dandenongs

Arthur Henderson Hall (1906- )

Dorset quarry

Feliks Topolski (1907-89)

A rose and a bee

Edward Seago (1910-74)

A canal in Chioggia

Edward Seago (1910-74)

Flowers in a glass vase

Edward Seago (1910-74)

Flowers in a brown jug

George Alexander Eugene Douglas Haig, 2nd Earl Haig (1918-2009)

Orchestra Oflag XII B

Lionel Bulmer (1919-92)

The Lamp

John Randall Bratby (1928-92)