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He sometimes signs pictures as AG Carrick, a pseudonym created from the initials Arthur and George.

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The largest collection of watercolors by Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, is on display in Britain.

The 79 works include the snow-capped Scottish mountains and Welsh countryside, the French Provencal peaks, Mount Athos in Greece and the Transylvania region of Romania.

The Prince of Wales’ paintbrush, 73, has graced the Swiss alpine resorts of Klosters and St Moritz, as well as the French chateau of Le Baroux.

The mountains are a favorite, especially Bein ‘Bhurd in Cairngorms in northeastern Scotland, which he has painted several times at different times of the year from different angles.

As he explained in notes accompanying the exhibition, which runs until February 14 at the 19th-century Garrison Chapel at Chelsea Barracks in London, he chose watercolor because he found the photography “unsatisfactory”.

“It all requires the most intense concentration and, as a result, is one of the most relaxing and therapeutic exercises I know,” he wrote.

“Indeed, in my case, I feel it transports me to another dimension, which, literally, refreshes those parts of the soul that other activities cannot reach…

“I am not under the illusion that my sketches represent great art or an emerging talent! They represent, more than anything, the special look of my ‘photograph album’ and, as such, mean a lot to me. keep.”

artistic ‘lineage’

Charles, the senior-most royal after the 95-year-old Queen, has found time in his official events to paint nearly 680 watercolors over the past 50 years.

He has sometimes signed him AG Carrick – a pseudonym created from the initials of his other given names Arthur and George, and one of his titles, Earl of Carrick.

The exhibition’s curator, Rosie Alderton, said that Charles came from “a lineage of artists”.

Charles’ father, Prince Philip, who died last April at age 99, was a prolific painter, as was Queen Victoria, who ruled from 1837 to 1901, and until Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving There were emperors who ruled for a long time.

None of Charles’ original watercolors have been sold, but sales of lithographs, including his Highgrove estate in western England, have raised large sums of money for charity over the years.

Alderton said all profits from the sale go to the Prince’s Foundation, which organized the Garrison Chapel exhibition.

Fifty watercolors of Charles were first displayed at Hampton Court Palace in 1998 to mark his 50th birthday.

Another 30 were displayed by the National Gallery of Australia in 2018 for his 70th birthday.

Since 2019, Rajkumar has little time to fulfill his passion for painting.

But Alderton said he hopes to raise it again even after he becomes king. “His artworks are really lovely and it would be a shame if he didn’t,” he told AFP.

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