Greatest American Painters

Douglas Granvil Chandor (1897 – 1953)

Posted by M.R.N. on January 26, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II

Winston Churchill

Herbert Clark Hoover

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

James William Good

Bernard Baruch

Dwight Filley Davis

Malcolm S. McConihe

Reverend The Honourable Edward Lyttleton

Edmund White

4 Responses to “Douglas Granvil Chandor (1897 – 1953)”

  1. Bruce said

    Mystery: Elizabeth was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ceylon, and Pakistan, as well as the rest of the Commonwealth, on June 2, 1953. The painting is titled QUEEN Elizabeth II and she is clearly regal-looking in it. But the artist died in 1953 (although he could have been painting right up to the end, I suppose).

    However, even more puzzling, in the lower left-hand corner is the artist’s name and the year: 1952. Sure enough, he painted her portrait as the queen during the year BEFORE she was crowned, as this old edition of Life Magazine proves: How could that be?

    Solution: Elizabeth “ascended the throne . . . upon the death of her father, King George VI on 6 February 1952, and was proclaimed queen by her various privy and executive councils shortly afterward. The coronation was held more than a year after the accession, on 2 June 1953; this followed the tradition that a festival such as a coronation was inappropriate during the period of mourning that followed the death of the preceding sovereign.”

    Thank goodness for Wikipedia!

  2. Louisgrand Brigitte said

    Puis-je laissé des commentaires en français ?

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