The por­trait artist who cap­tured the Queen

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Cleaner-turned-artist Alas­tair Bar­ford landed his first ever por­trait com­mis­sion in 2015 – to paint the Queen. He had just 10 min­utes to ob­serve her at close quar­ters (dur­ing an Or­der of the Garter ser­vice at Wind­sor Cas­tle), com­pared with the 40 hours he usu­ally spends with sub­jects. ‘The chal­lenge was to con­vey char­ac­ter and depth based on th­ese fleet­ing glances and pho­to­graphs,’ he says.

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