Stephen B Whatley Returns to Buckingham Palace. July 2009
© Stephen B Whatley
Pictured here on his 44th birthday, in July 2009, artist Stephen B Whatley, close to Buckingham Palace, London and on the edge of Green Park; in approximately the same spot from where he painted an exterior view of the Palace a decade before - one of two paintings commissioned by the Royal Collection & The London Transport Museum in 1999.
Both paintings- the other, a painting of The Grand Staircase, painted inside the Palace- were commissioned for reproduction on posters all over the London Underground and inside tube trains, advertising the annual summer opening of Buckingham Palace; in 1999 and 2000.
Painting on location is a unique feature of the Stephen's way of working, spontaneously in dynamic consecutive hours; and the painting created from this spot now hangs inside the Palace, as part of the Royal Collection.
In this shot , the Royal standard is flying, which is a sign that HM Queen Elizabeth II is in residence; and indeed she was as the forecourt full of coaches and vans indicates one of Her Majesty's Summer Garden Parties was in full swing.
To see Stephen B Whatley's 'vision' of this view of Buckingham Palace, as reproduced on one of the London Underground train advertisements, please click the link, to see a detail from the poster:
To see Stephen B Whatley creating the painting of Buckingham Palace on location in June 1999, please click this link: