Winter Lights, Buckingham Palace


Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is very much a working building, being the centrepiece and administrative headquarters of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.

Located in the City of Westminster, the Palace is huge with 775 rooms, many decorated with priceless works of art that form part of the Royal Collection. It is the venue for many Royal ceremonies, state occasions, state visits and Royal hospitality, all of which are organised by the Royal Household.  

Originally known as Buckingham House, the building which forms the core of today’s palace was built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705. It was subsequently acquired by George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte.  It was enlarged during the 19th century and finally became the official royal palace of the British monarch on the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.

More than 50,000 people visit the Palace each year as guests to banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and the Royal Garden Parties. Indeed, I was once fortunate enough to be invited to one of the Garden Parties.

The state rooms, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public each year for most of August and September as part of the Palace’s summer opening. Having done a tour, I can highly recommend a visit.

This painting shows the Palace at dusk in the depths of winter just after a snow fall. The floodlights were switched on, creating some interesting colours on the facade and on the Victoria Memorial in front of the Palace. I must admit before starting the painting, I had not realised just how many windows there are! 

This artwork comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the artist

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Artist: Richard Harpum

Product Reference No: A-73502

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 76 x 2 x 50 cm
(Width x Depth x Height)

Richard Harpum

Award-winning artist, Richard Harpum, paints mainly with acrylics on canvas or board but also paints watercolour florals.   He works in a realist style and pays meticulous attention to detail.  His slogan is “High Definition Art”. Richard's primary focus is landscapes and seascapes but he also paints still lifes, portraits and florals.  The effective use of light is a key ingredient to all of Richard’s works and he spends a great deal of time before starting a painting in selecting a composition that provides both drama and contrast. Born in Bromley, England, in 1951, Richard has had a passion for drawing and painting from a very young age.  As a youngster, he was always drawing and became a prolific painter after he received an oil painting set for Christmas when he was 12.  He has a Master of Arts degree from Cambridge University. Richard's work was featured in a 10-page article in International Artist Magazine, Issue 73, June 2010.  He has also won a number of art competitions and awards, including Professional Artist of the Year 2012 by the (British) Society for all Artists. He is a strong advocate for using the golden ratio (Phi - 1:1.618) in his paintings.  You may note that the position of the sun or some other key feature or length often fits this ratio.  In some of his works there are several used.  Richard believes that this gives his paintings a better balance than using the more traditional "rule of thirds". During his life Richard has lived in many parts of England and currently lives in South Yorkshire.  He has also travelled extensively for both pleasure and business and has lived abroad in Africa, the USA, Australia and Germany for a total of 20 years.  This has given him a very broad perspective of the world, as well as providing him with wonderful sources of inspiration for his paintings.

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