Timothy Whidborne

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Timothy Charles Plunket Whidborne (1927-2021) [1] was a British artist notable for his 1969 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on horseback as Colonel-in-Chief of the Irish Guards, of which Whidborne had once been a member. [2]

Whidborne was born at High Wycombe and educated at Stowe School where he was a contemporary of George Melly. He served as a lieutenant in the Irish Guards and saw service in Mandatory Palestine. [3] In 1949 he became a pupil of Pietro Annigoni. [4] He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1954 [5] and in 1966 The Connoisseur described him as at "the forefront of mural decorators in England". [6]

In 1983, Whidborne was one of the artists chosen to prepare alternative designs to the long-running Machin series of British definitive postage stamps. [7] After consideration, the design was not changed and it was subsequently decided to continue with the current design for the lifetime of the Queen.

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  1. 1 artwork by or after Timothy Whidborne , Art UK . Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  2. Melly, George. (2006). Owning Up: The Trilogy. London: Penguin Books. p. 642. ISBN   978-0-14-193830-1.
  3. Whidborne, Timothy (2019). Aspects of Art and Ancestry. Tolworth, U.K.: Grosvenor House. ISBN   9781786234735.
  4. Gibson, Wilfrid (1961). Paintings and Drawings by Pietro Annigoni and Some of His Past and Present Students - Exhibition catalogue 25th April to 3rd June 1961. Federation of British Artists.
  5. "The Royal Academy", Stephen Bone, The Manchester Guardian , 1 May 1954, p. 3.
  6. The Connoisseur, Vol. 161, 1966, pp. 64-65.
  7. Muir, Douglas. (2007). A Timeless Classic: The Evolution of Machin's Icon. London: The British Postal Museum & Archive, pp. 209–215. ISBN   9780955356919