Discover the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge portrait at the Fitzwilliam Museum – but hurry, you don’t have long to see it!
Back in June, the big news was announced that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been immortalised in paint by award-winning artist Jamie Coreth. Currently on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum, the artwork has already been graced with a visit by the royal couple themselves, Princess Kate and Prince William, who came to Cambridge to see their likenesses on the 23 June. The painting is now on display to the public – but, to catch it in central Cambridge, you don’t have long! Get the lowdown on all you need to know about this regal rendering here.
Duchess of Cambridge portrait artist: Who painted it?
James Coreth is a lauded artist who first studied at Oxford University – though his degree, surprisingly, was in archaeology and anthropology rather than fine art. After pursuing an artistic career, he first rose to prominence in 2016 after his portrait Dad Sculpting Me garnered Young Artist Award at the BP Portrait Awards – a coveted win he would go on to snag again, this time as Visitor’s Choice Award. As a rising talent with a gift for portraiture, he was a prime choice for such an esteemed commission.
“It has been the most extraordinary privilege of my life to be chosen to paint this picture,” says James, on his royal portrait. “I wanted to show Their Royal Highnesses in a manner where they appeared both relaxed and approachable, as well as elegant and dignified. As it is the first portrait to depict them together, and specifically during their time as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, I wanted the image to evoke a feeling of balance between their public and private lives. The piece was commissioned as a gift for the people of Cambridgeshire, and I hope they will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed creating it.”
Duchess of Cambridge exhibition: Where can I see the portrait?
The portrait, capturing Prince William and Princess Kate in a shimmering teal dress, is on show at The Fitzwilliam Museum as part of a temporary display. Merely book a general admission ticket to see it during its stay at the gallery. While you’re there, check out The Fitzwilliam’s astonishing permanent and temporary exhibitions, with work from the likes of Banksy and Monet.
When can I see the portrait?
While the portrait will be on display to the public for three years, you don’t have long to see it at The Fitzwilliam Museum. The temporary display will remain until the 30 December, after which the portrait will be shared across community spaces and galleries around Cambridgeshire over the course of three years, as a gift to the county.