New Portrait of King Charles III Destroyed in London - Latest Global News

New Portrait of King Charles III Destroyed in London

The brand new portrait from King Charles III. was revised slightly on Tuesday. The controversial Paintings by Jonathan Yeowhich was unveiled in May, hung in the Philip Mould Gallery in London, England, as two activists and a cameraman from the group Animal resurrection rushed over to cover the piece with what looked like stickers.

In a video shared by Animal Rising, Charles’ face is superimposed with a picture of Wallace from the Wallace & Gromit Cartoon. The painting also has a speech bubble with the text “No cheese, Gromit. Look at all the cruelty on the RSPCA farms!” stuck on it.

King Charles III is the patron of the RSPCA and Animal Rising is calling on the British monarch to “abandon the Assured Scheme”. The organisation claims it has investigated the farms and found “multiple cases of animal cruelty on each one”.

The portrait is currently on display at the Philip Mould Gallery until June 21, and the artist Yeo was expected at the gallery on Tuesday.

Before the activists’ statement, the portrait had already caused some controversy when it was unveiled in May.

Yeo – who has painted portraits of Prince Philip and Queen Camilla in the past – depicted the ruler in predominantly red tones as he donned the uniform of the Welsh Guards. King Charles holds a sword in his hands, while a butterfly can be seen over his right shoulder. his fight against cancer and the subsequent treatmentCharles returned to public appearances at the end of April and revealed the portrait itself. When he pulled down the curtain that covered the artwork, he initially seemed stunned by what he saw.

A woman looks at the first official portrait of King Charles since the Coronation, painted by Jonathan Yeo, on public display at the Philip Mould Gallery in central London, United Kingdom, May 16, 2024.Stringer/Anadolu via Getty Image

“It was a privilege and a pleasure to be commissioned by the Drapers’ Company to paint this portrait of His Majesty the King, the first to be unveiled since his coronation. When I began this project, His Majesty the King was still His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and, much like the butterfly I painted hovering over his shoulder, this portrait has evolved as the subject’s role in our public life has changed,” Yeo said in a statement. “I do my best to capture the life experiences and humanity etched into each and every sitter’s face and I hope I have achieved that with this portrait. Trying to capture that for His Majesty the King, who occupies such a unique role, has been both an enormous professional challenge and one that I have thoroughly enjoyed and am immensely grateful for.”

This is not the first time that a portrait of King Charles has been vandalised. In July 2023 Climate activists sprayed above a portrait of Charles in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Neither the Philip Mould Gallery nor the royal family have commented publicly on the incident.


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