HRH Prince Charles
The Prince of Wales is an experienced watercolourist and a keen collector and patron of the arts.
His Royal Highness has been painting for most of his adult life, during holidays or when his official diary allows.
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 Royal Family has a tradition of drawing and painting, and The Prince of Wales’s work first came to public notice at a 1977 exhibition at Windsor Castle at which other Royal artists included Queen Victoria, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duke of York.
The Prince paints in the open air, often finishing a picture in one go and his favourite locations include The Queen’s estate at Balmoral in Scotland and Sandringham House in Norfolk, England. Sometimes The Prince paints during his skiing holidays, and during overseas tours when possible.
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.
The Prince is interested in collecting art and occasionally commissions paintings and sculptures.
In the 1980s The Prince began inviting young British artists to accompany him on official tours overseas and record their impressions, a tradition that has continued to this day.