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Elizabeth, A Sovereign’s Journey

The National Horseracing Museum is most grateful to exhibit this series of paintings by John Meyer about Her Majesty The Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year. This exhibition has been made possible through the generosity of a private lender and support from Arts Council England.

John Meyer is one of South Africa’s leading contemporary realists. Born in 1942, Meyer has put his indelible stamp on the genres of landscape, portraiture and narrative art. Since the early 1990’s Meyer has concentrated on the narrative genre – painting enigmatic figures caught in emotional ambiguities. More recently, he has worked on collections of historical narratives including ‘Lost In The Dust’ about the Anglo Boer War, ‘Mandela, A Life’s Journey’, ‘Migrations’ exploring migrating peoples and immigrants that created the South African nation, and ‘Elizabeth, A Sovereign’s Journey. His most recent work ‘Protect-Our-Planet’ opens June 2022 in London.

The artist says of the exhibition: “It was my original intention to paint a series of works depicting the Queen in informal and unguarded moments, in the company of her family and the things she loves. As it developed, it became apparent that my compositions needed to extend to her life of duty as well, something that is abundantly clear from her unswerving dedication to her people and her country.

I approached it as a narrative of her long life (as far as that is possible in eleven paintings). The challenges were many. Researching early periods of the narrative and linking them in a realistic way, so as to maintain continuity, was especially challenging. To make the series work as a collection of believable episodes, required works of an informal nature, as from a film, to tie it all together.

I feel privileged to have been able to paint this collection, and the many months of immersing myself in this project were particularly satisfying and rewarding.”

Cost of Entry

Entrance to this John Meyer exhibition is included in the cost of general admission. This gives you access to all areas including the National Horse Racing Museum, Palace House and the Rothschild Yard, where you can meet retired racehorses!

To buy your ticket, click here. You can choose the date you’d like to attend when you get through to the payment page. Upgrade your ticket to an Annual Pass for free when you get here. Dated from the day of your first visit to the museum, an Annual Pass allows you to return as many times as you like over the next 12 months.

Existing Annual Pass holder? Simply come to the shop when you arrive so we can scan your ticket and give you a badge for the day.

Why not make a day of it and book a table for lunch at The Tack Room restaurant?