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Palace date for Queen Mother art
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) - Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon: profile portrait, 1923. The Royal Collection  2005, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The collection includes a portrait of the then Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Paintings and drawings from the personal collection of the Queen Mother are to go on show at Buckingham Palace.

More than 70 works by artists ranging from Thomas Gainsborough to John Bratby will go on display at the Queen's Gallery at the London palace in May.

The Queen Mother's first portrait, showing her at the age of seven, and paintings commemorating her 100th birthday will be displayed.

The exhibition was first shown at Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, last year.

Figure studies

It features artwork from events of personal and national significance.

They include pieces depicting the Coronation in 1937, Victory Night in 1945 and the Funeral Procession of King George VI in 1952.

Among the portraits are the charcoal drawings by John Singer Sargent presented to Lady Elizabeth and the Duke of York, later King George VI, on their marriage in 1923.

The collection also includes interiors and landscapes - such as Glamis Castle, the Queen Mother's childhood home - still lifes and figure studies.

The pictures will be exhibited from 19 May until 29 October.

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