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Watercolours

  • View of Double Haven Bay, Hong Kong, from After Deck of HMS Britannia (created in 1989)
  • Beinn a'Bhuird, Scotland (created in 2005)
  • Ngorongoru from Hugo Hill, Serengeti Plains, Tanzania (created in 1997)

The Prince of Wales has personally selected more than 130 of his own watercolours to be published on his website.

This online collection forms the largest public collection of The Prince's work ever seen in one place.

The Prince has been an enthusiastic amateur artist and keen collector and Patron of the Arts for many years.  

The Prince likes to paint whenever his schedule allows - whether on private holidays, or during a spare moment on an overseas tour - and finds it a most absorbing occupation.

 

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  • View of Beinn a'Bhuird, Cairngorms (created in 1991)

    View of Beinn a'Bhuird, Cairngorms (created in 1991)

  • Ksar Douira, Morocco (created in 1996)

    Ksar Douira, Morocco (created in 1996)

  • Wheat Betsy Mine, Dartmoor (created in 2007)

    Wheat Betsy Mine, Dartmoor (created in 2007)

  • First Evening's Anchorage, Greece (created in 1998)

    First Evening's Anchorage, Greece (created in 1998)

  • View from Ormos Palaio, Monemvasia, Greece (created in 2005)

    View from Ormos Palaio, Monemvasia, Greece (created in 2005)

A life in watercolours

These watercolours provide an insight into not only The Prince's artistic interpretation of his environment, but into his private and public life.

There are studies from Greece where The Prince has enjoyed private holidays, and Klosters in Switzerland where His Royal Highness has skied with friends and family for many years.

There are many paintings from Scotland from when The Prince is staying at Birkhall, his private home on the Balmoral Estate, and he is able to indulge in his passions of walking, painting and fishing.  

Beinn a'Bhuird, a mountain in the Cairngorms in Scotland, has its own gallery in this online collection.  Close to the Balmoral Estate, it has been painted repeatedly by The Prince in different lights, from different positions and at different times of the year.

The Prince has also selected paintings that have been created on overseas tours, such as in Turkey and Tanzania, and sketches made on board HMS Britannia.

As he takes much of his inspiration from nature, His Royal Highness has mainly preferred to paint landscapes, but has included a small selection of rarely seen still-life and abstract studies in this collection.

The 130 paintings are split into the following galleries:

  • Beinn a'Bhuird, Scotland
  • Commonwealth and Overseas
  • France
  • Greece I
  • Greece II
  • Highgrove and Sandringham Estate Views
  • Italy
  • Klosters, Switzerland
  • Lochnagar I
  • Lochnagar II
  • Middle East
  • Royal Residences
  • Scenes from England and Wales
  • Scottish Scenes I
  • Scottish Scenes II
  • Still life and abstract
  • Sutherland
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Views from the Balmoral Estate

In 2013, The Prince of Wales contributed to a documentary called Royal Paintbox which explored, for the first time, Royal artists through the ages.  In an interview for the documentary he spoke of his fascination with natural light.

He said:  "I think, you know, drawing from nature, observing from nature, is absolutely crucial.  I’ve obviously been inspired by just looking.

"It’s usually the light that catches my attention. You can look at the same view over and over again and then suddenly one moment, there’s the most magical light.”

View the trailer for Royal Paintbox and other videos about The Prince's Drawing School below.

Videos

  • Royal Paintbox trailer

  • The Prince's Drawing School

  • The Prince opens the Prince's Drawing School Dimplex Studios at Dumfries House

The Prince as a painter

The Prince's interest began during the 1970s and 1980s when he was inspired by Robert Waddell, who had been his art master at Gordonstoun in Scotland.

In time, The Prince met leading artists such as Edward Seago, with whom he discussed watercolour technique, and received further tuition from John Ward, Bryan Organ and Derek Hill.

The copyright of The Prince’s watercolours belongs to A. G. Carrick Ltd, a trading arm of The Prince’s Charities Foundation. The name uses two of The Prince's four Christian names - Arthur and George - and one of his titles, The Earl of Carrick.

Over the years The Prince has agreed to exhibitions of his watercolours and of lithographs made from them, on the understanding that any income they generate goes to The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.

Money from the sale of the lithographs also goes to the Foundation but the paintings themselves are never for sale.

His Royal Highness likes to provide practical support for the Arts.  In the 1980s The Prince began inviting artists to accompany him on official tours overseas and record their impressions, a tradition that has continued to this day. 

His Royal Highness has also provided practical support through his charities too.  The Prince's Drawing School was founded by His Royal Highness and artist Catherine Goodman in 2000 to foster the practice of drawing from observation. 

It is also one of only a few institutions in the world offering in-depth, high-quality and sustained tuition for those wishing to learn to draw.

  • Watercolours - Switzerland

    Watercolours - Switzerland

    As a keen skier, The Prince has visited Klosters in Switzerland many times over the years, often painting during his skiing holidays.

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  • Watercolours - Scottish Scenes

    Abandoned cottage on the island of Stroma, Caithness (created in 2003)

    Over the years, The Prince has painted regularly in Scotland in many different locations such as the Balmoral Estate and Caithness.

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