Portrait of former Governor-General on display in Denmark

23 May 2018

The Historic Memorials Collection portrait of former Governor-General the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO will go on display in Denmark as part of an exhibition of works by the renowned portrait artist Mr Ralph Heimans to celebrate the 50th birthday of Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark.

Mr Heimans has painted a number of distinguished sitters including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark. The exhibition of Mr Heimans’ work is on display at The Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle until the end of September 2018.

Dame Quentin gave her personal approval for the loan, saying:

“I am truly delighted that our Parliament is contributing to this major retrospective exhibition by our highly acclaimed portrait artist. It will draw significant international attention to the role of the Historic Memorials Collection in the cultural life of our Australia.”

The Historic Memorials Collection portrait of the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO was commissioned in May 2013 and completed in March 2014. While the portrait is on loan, Parliament House is displaying in its place a graphite and pastel study for the finished portrait – something that the public rarely gets to see.

The Historic Memorials Collection is Australia’s longest-running art commissioning program. Founded by Prime Minister Andrew Fisher in 1911, the collection has commissioned portraits of Prime Ministers, Speakers of the House, Presidents of the Senate, Governors-General and the Head of State for 107 years.

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