Visnews filmed May 2 at London's historic Royal Academy artist William Robert's GBP1,500 painting of the colourful and traditional Horse Guards ceremony Trooping the Colour - a painting that has shocked the Guards: There are 17 instances of improper dress in it.
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Background: Visnews filmed May 2 at London's historic Royal Academy artist William Robert's GBP1,500 painting of the colourful and traditional Horse Guards ceremony Trooping the Colour - a painting that has shocked the Guards: There are 17 instances of improper dress in it.
Sixty-four year old Robert's painting is in a place of honour in Gallery Three. Critics say it will be remembered as the strangest royal picture and is the biggest talking point of this summer's Royal Academy exhibition.
Officers of the Guards at Wellington Barracks near Buckingham Palace and at Horse Guards Parade Building in Whitehall said among the errors were these:
Prince Philip's spur: too high on boot
His sword: reversed
Tunis: ill-fitting - even the Queen's
Ensign of First Bat.Scots Guards: It should be preceded - not followed - by a subaltern
Pennants of marker flags: Square not triangular.
Mr. Roberts said afterwards he had made the painting as correct as he could - from seeing the Trooping last year, making notes, studying photographers and material at the War Office library. The criticisms, he said, were very interesting. I hope I shall be more correct next time - should I paint a military subject.
London art wags and wits were saying the criticisms were more than interesting for the artist - they had resulted in nationwide publicity. The wags added that artists are like journalists; borrowed an old saying that it doesn't matter what people say about them SO LONG AS THEY SAY S O M E T H I N G.