St George’s Hall Unveils New Portrait Of The Queen

ST GEORGE’S Hall has unveiled a special portrait it commissioned to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. The portrait has been painted by professional mural and portrait artist Robert Newbiggin from Southport. He has previously completed a number of high profile artworks including Eric Morecombe, and is currently working on a commission of a pair of famous boxing brothers from Liverpool, as well as being asked to paint portraits of Cilla Back and Everton Football Club Manager Howard Kendall. The portrait will now take pride of place in The Heritage Centre. After unveiling the portrait, St George’s Hall Manager, Alan Smith said: “I think it is wonderful. Robert has done a fantastic job of painting Her Majesty. “ Painted in oils, the portrait took Robert, a former boxer, six weeks to complete. Hall Manager Alan explained: “In 1953, Liverpool Council commissioned local artist John Napper to paint a portrait of the Queen to celebrate her coronation. This now complements the original version by Napper which also hangs in St George’s Hall.” Hall officials will plan to display other works of art which may include The Golden Christ by famous Liverpool sculptor and artist Arthur Dooley in The Heritage Centre and a bust of William Gladstone, the former prime minister, created by Tom Murphy who created The Hillsborough Monument Memorial. For more information visit www.stgeorgesliverpool.co.uk