Henry Blofeld Portrait Features In Annual Exhibition

Henry Blofeld Portrait Features In Annual Exhibition
Henry Blofeld Portrait Features In Annual Exhibition

A portrait of BBC Test Match Special Commentator, Henry Blofeld will go on display at Mall Galleries as part of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition.

Painted by Antony Williams, whose portraits of HRH The Queen and Rt Hon. Margaret Beckett MP, will also be exhibited, Henry Blofeld is depicted without his trademark bowties.

Williams paints almost exclusively in egg tempera which can be a painstaking and exacting medium, being fast drying and permanent, but which allows him to express a deep feeling about the look of the world.

The portrait is based on direct and intense observation, and has a very heightened sense of realism, where every surface detail is given almost equal and constant consideration.

Blofeld is best known as a cricket commentator for Test Match Special on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. His commentary is noted for his mention of superfluous detail including buses, aeroplanes and pigeons that happen to pass by during cricket matches.

Since 1891 the Royal Society of Portrait Painters has been devoted exclusively to the art and development of portrait painting. The selection of work on display, both from its members and the open submission, make it the perfect destination for those wishing to commission a portrait.

Portraiture is a fascinating barometer of current trends and holds a mirror up to nature in reflecting life in contemporary Britain.

Over 200 portraits by 100 artists will be hung in this exhibition, including a special miniexhibition of portraits of The Queen in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee and a portrait of Paralympian David Weir, a double gold medallist and world record holder.