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Royal recognition for amateur artists from Horsforth and Bramhope
9:16am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
Amateur artists have gained royal recognition with a portrait of the Queen made up of 120 pieces.
Enthusiasts from Horsforth and Bramhope had no idea what the finished work would be when they all painted separate small squares.
But the work – pieced together by artist Howard Carlisle – was greeted warmly by the Queen when she found out about it.
Howard decided to set a project for the students to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and challenged them to paint a large, up-to-date portrait.
Students used watercolours to paint small sections of the artwork which was put together like a giant jigsaw.
Howard said: “The finished painting consisted of 120 small squares painted using watercolour by 120 students from the Horsforth and Bramhope area. Each student had no idea what they were painting until they were pieced together to create the finished painting.”
The painting was donated to Horsforth Museum where it is on display. Staff at the museum were so impressed by the work that they decided to write to the Queen to tell her about it.
They were delighted to receive a letter from Balmoral praising the portrait.
It said: “The Queen was touched to learn about the project by members of Horsforth Arts Group, led by Mr Howard Carlisle, to commemorate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee last year and the Queen was most interested to see the result of this original concept.”
The letter is now to hang with the painting in the museum as a permanent exhibit.