Join House & Garden for a talk by Royal portrait artist Richard Stone followed by lunch at the Wallace Collection, in association with ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn. Richard Stone, who is a regular and very popular guest speaker on Seabourn’s “Conversations” programme of on-board lectures, has been a portrait painter for over 40 years and has painted many members of the Royal family, as well as personalities including Luciano Pavarotti and Nelson Mandela. Richard will talk about his career, and also his connections to the Wallace Collection. Richard’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was unveiled in 1992, wearing George IV diadem, the same necklace worn by Queen Victoria in a portrait by Thomas Sully, currently hanging in the Wallace Collection's Smoking Room. As Richard explains: ‘I have had the opportunity to paint people from all walks of life, young and old; it is a great privilege to be able to step, for a brief time, into the lives of others, to share stories with them, appreciate life from their point of view and put the world to rights. Many sitters have remained good friends'. The lecture will begin at 11.30am followed by drinks and a two-course lunch in the Wallace Restaurant. Ticket price includes the talk, a pre-lunch glass of Prosecco, a two-course lunch, followed by tea or coffee, and a gift bag.
Photography by Julian Calder