Belfast Telegraph

State visit paintings for auction

Two paintings capturing the Queen's historic visit to Ireland a year ago are being auctioned.

The painting of the Queen as she laid a wreath and bowed to those who died fighting for Ireland's independence is expected to fetch between £1,000 and £1,500 (1,250 and 1,875 euros).

The Queen's visit to the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, which honours those who fought for Irish freedom from British rule, was the most symbolic engagement of her trip.

A second painting by contemporary Irish artist Michael Hanrahan is of a state banquet at St Patrick's Hall, Dublin. It has a guide price of £3,000 to £5,000 (3,750 to 6,250 euros).

The works will be offered by Christie's in London on March 29 as part of the interiors sale.

Hanrahan, the only artist to officially paint the state visit of the Queen to Ireland in May 2011, executed eight works to mark the occasion.

Organisers said the paintings are not only wonderful works of art but also form an important historical record of the visit - the first by a British monarch to Ireland since independence in 1922.

One of Hanrahan's other paintings commemorating the visit is now in the Royal Collection and another is held in the private collection of former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

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