British Living Legends on display at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace Living Legends Exhibition
Blenheim Palace Living Legends Exhibition

Blenheim Palace has announced the launch of a new art exhibition at the Stables Café that will be on display until Monday 3 June. Visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site can at a series of ‘British Living Legends’ by artist Laura Smith.

Some of the Living Legends that the exhibition will feature include:

  • Sir Chris Bonington, CVO, CBE, DL: writer, lecturer and a legendary mountaineer.
  • Dame Jilly Cooper DBE: celebrated and much read and loved author.
  • Dame Judi Dench: actress, considered one of Britain’s greatest.
  • Sir Gareth Edwards CBE: a Welsh former rugby union player recognised as one of the greatest scrum-halves in the history of the sport.
  • Frederick Forsyth CBE; renowned author known for his many gripping thrillers, best known for The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File. His work has left an indelible mark on the world of espionage fiction.
  • Romy Gill MBE: chef, food writer, and television personality.

Arlene Isobel Foster, Sir David Kim Hempleman-Adams KCVO, OBE, KStJ, DL, FRSGS, Nigel Mansell CBE, Valerie Mendes, Michel Albert Roux, Gerald Anthony Scarfe CBE RDI, Lady Henrietta Mary Spencer-Churchill, Professor Steven Westaby FRCS and Sir Clive Woodward will also feature.

Laura Smith said, “It has been an honour and a privilege to paint some of the most remarkable individuals of our time. Endeavouring to capture their incredible spirit has been an artistic joy for me.”

Born in India, Laura Smith spent her formative years in Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia and Europe. In later years she resided in the USA but now calls Australia and the UK home. A visual arts BA, Laura’s work is displayed in collections worldwide and has been exhibited in many international galleries, including The Royal Academy, London.

British Living Legends is a temporary exhibition that can be viewed inside the Stables Café from 10am until 4.30pm until Monday 3 June 2024. Admission is free with any valid Blenheim Palace ticket including Palace, Park and Gardens, Park and Gardens, Annual Pass or a Privilege Pass.

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