Who is this Very Important Person and
what have they to do with Marquetry?
Yes that's right you've guessed it, the
very important person is no other than Her Majesty the Queen.
The London Group made this very large mural for the Queen's
Silver Jubilee in 1977 and as the reprint shown below of the
letter sent to Charlie Good from Buckingham Palace confirms, Her
Majesty was most impressed with the marquetry piece.
You will be pleased to know that the Queen did indeed find a
place to hang the picture and it hangs, I believe to this day,
in Her Majesty's Coach House. That extremely well respected
marquetarian, the aforementioned Charlie Good acted as the
spokesman and representative of the London Group in all the
dealings at Buckingham Palace concerning this highly impressive
The picture actually made it's debut at an exhibition in the
House of Commons at the Houses of Parliament London under the
auspices of Bill Lincoln (the then owner of Art Veneers) and was
unanimously given the 'thumbs up' by the members of Government
of the day.
This picture proved to be a real feather in the cap for the
members of the London Group and Alf Murtell in particular who
participated in the picture and who provided the notes for this
article, thanks Alf.
below is a reprint of the scroll seen on the right hand side of
the silver jubilee mural just below the Windsor Castle picture.
As it is difficult to read the wording in the photo, presumably
due to the lighting conditions at the time and the reflective
nature of the grain pattern of the selected veneer, I have
re-sampled that section and enhanced it in Photo Shop for you, I
think it's worth it, don't you? We have also added a more
legible version of the wording below the scroll for your
The scroll from the mural
An easier to read version of the scroll