Print of King Charles III’s Balmoral Castle artwork invites huge interest ahead of sale
The latest painting by Australian artist Simon Marshall will make a major contribution to the future of King Charles III’s Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
In one of three new additions to the castle – which is in the process of a major restoration – the painting of the Queen’s yacht Britannia that he created in 1999 will be displayed in a room where other works have been on show until now.
The painting, titled Britannia on the Lake by Simon Marshall, will be among more than 50 new paintings on show at the castle including works by the artist for the castle’s next millennium celebrations.
The painting is estimated to fetch the equivalent of £500,000 at auction.
In an earlier interview with 7.30, Marshall said that the painting’s value had increased with interest generated by its inclusion in the exhibition.
“We had no idea we were going to sell it at the weekend but the interest in it has been huge since it’s been on display,” he said.
Marshall said the work was a “really happy” painting and while it had been in the process of the £1.2 million, £250,000 and another £250,000 worth of works being added, it was ready to “receive” the new works.
“It’s done a job and a good job in its own right and it’s been enjoyed by many people and it’s great to have the public’s interest in it,” he told 7.30.
“It’s been the right way to go, I’m happy with it,” he added.
Marshall’s paintings of boats and the sea have drawn controversy.
He said the work, which consists of a couple of seascapes painted in the 1980s, showed an interest in the environment and water.
“I feel the painting is a little bit unusual – it’s a seascape; I’m a seascaper at heart,” he said.
Marshall said the painting, which took him five years to complete, had been inspired by the ship Britannia, the royal yacht to