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Richard Stone (born 5 June 1951) is a British painter, specialising in portraits. In 1973, at the age of 22, he became the youngest commissioned royal portrait painter in almost 200 years.[1][better source needed] Stone claims to have secured the commission by cold-calling Clarence House and saying "I could be a latter-day Rembrandt".[2] He has completed commissioned portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, Princes Philip, Charles, and Andrew.[2] He also painted the official Downing Street portrait of Margaret Thatcher, who upon inspecting his work, requested that he add her handbag to the portrait.[3] His portraits hang at Buckingham Palace, the National Portrait Gallery (London), and the National Portrait Gallery (Australia).[1]


  1. ^ a b "Richard Stone: Official Biography". Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  2. ^ a b Roya Nikkhah (10 February 2013) "Royal family's favourite portrait painter reveals secrets of the royal sittings", The Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  3. ^ Richard Brooks (2011-04-24). "Maggie's bag to be big charity hit". Retrieved 2013-02-05.

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