D-Day veteran portrait for Royal Collection

Jonathan Yeo’s portrait of D-Day veteran Geoffrey Pattinson is one of twelve portraits commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales to pay tribute to some of the extraordinary men that played a role in the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. All twelve of the veterans chosen for the commissions served in regiments with which The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have a formal affiliation.

Other artists who contributed to the collection include Paul Benney, Clara Drummond, James Lloyd and Stuart Pearson Wright. The exhibition was curated by Catherine Goodman, Artistic Director at The Royal Drawing School.

Jonathan said of his experience of painting Geoffrey:
“Painting someone who candidly describes the first time they set foot on foreign soil as the first time they jumped out of a moving aircraft and parachuted down through flying bullets, to land in Normandy for D-Day, makes Geoffrey one of the more extraordinary sitters I’ve encountered in my time as a portrait artist. “

In January 2016 the Last of the Tide will travel to The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, where the portraits will be on display until April.


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