Tuesday 26th March – ninth meeting of 2013

Back up in numbers this week to eight we meet at Charing Cross on a bitterly cold morning. We went to St Martin’s Crypt for a warming drink and chat. It had been a couple of weeks since we had all met so the chat was rather longer than usual!!

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We had planned a walk but as it was so cold and blustery we decided on the safer warmer option of National Portrait Gallery.We wanted to see the new portrait of Prince William’s wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge so made straight for the gallery where it was hanging.  I liked the portrait, a good size and striking colours and to me Paul Emsley has captured her well.NPG 6956; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley

We walked around the contemporary galleries and saw many paintings and photographs of modern famous people from many different walks of life.  I particular liked two paintings, one of Judy Dench and another of Mo Mowlam.  Although painted in different styles they were very pleasing on the eye.

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We looked at the George Catlin exhibition of American Indian Portraits which was very colourful and showed the story of the American Indian very well.

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From here we made our way back to Charing Cross and our trains home. A very enjoyable morning and one in which we had managed to stay warm!!