bitch | Paul Emsley’s ‘gruesome’ portrait of Princess Kate has been moved to a warehouse – News Block

Although the Princess of Wales has been with the Firm for over a dozen years, there aren’t really many portraits of her. Sure, there were those photos she arranged for her 40th birthday. There was also a painting of Kate and William completely last year, I think? But beyond that, the only major solo portrayal of Kate was done in 2013, and it was so bad that even pro-Waity people hated it. The painting was done by Paul Emsley and Emsley took one look at that wig and decided to paint Kate as a Victorian ghost, haunting all of Britain. Well, it took ten years, but Kate finally got that portrait to move away and out of sight. By Eden Confidential:

When the first official royal portrait of the Princess of Wales was released to the public a decade ago, Catherine was typically courteous, describing Paul Emsley’s efforts as “brilliant, absolutely stunning.” However, critics were less kind, condemning it as “appalling… rotten… a total disaster” in one instance. Another commented, acidly: “The only saving grace is that it’s not by Rolf Harris.”

Now, I can reveal that the work has been consigned to storage at the National Portrait Gallery, even though it is the London institution’s only solo painting of our soon-to-be queen. It can be consulted ‘by appointment in our archive’.

Catherine is the royal patron of the Trafalgar Square gallery and there are rumors that she may be secretly pleased that the work is no longer on public view.

“It is unthinkable that the painting of His Royal Highness would be removed from public view without consulting it,” a source tells me. That would be very rude. She is our highly valued patron.

The oil painting featured prominently from its unveiling in 2013 until 2018. It was then loaned for a touring exhibition around the world until the gallery closed for £35m in renovation work in 2020.

When the princess reopened the gallery last month to great fanfare, only two works bearing her likeness remained on display: a painting, by Jamie Coreth, of her with her husband, Prince William, and a photograph by Paolo Roversi, an Italian fashion photographer, taken to mark her 40th birthday in 2022.

Emsley’s ‘dead eyes’ painting, which sparked worldwide controversy for making the princess appear older than she was, was not the only prominent royal portrait to disappear when the gallery reopened. Nicky Philipps’s 2010 painting of Princes William and Harry in their Household Cavalry dining uniform has been withdrawn from public display.

(From the Daily Mail)

Honestly, I haven’t looked at the painting in years, but I remember the controversy at the time. The painting was never popular: people who had neutral or negative feelings about Kate found it creepy, and people who loved Kate thought the painting made her look old and from before cosmetic surgery. I find it more interesting to think that maybe Kate didn’t even have anything to do with the portrait she shuffled around. What if this is a bigger message that, um, Kate is about to shuffle somewhere too? There is something in the air. I still say it’s remarkable that there are also so few official portraits of Kate, especially now that she’s Princess of Wales.

Photos courtesy of Cover Images.

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