Duchess of Cornwall buys £300 avocado painting on trip to Yorkshire

Artist Helen Brayshaw with her painting Halved Avocado
Artist Helen Brayshaw with her painting Halved Avocado
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A Yorkshire artist says she is “absolutely thrilled” to have one of her paintings - of an avocado - bought by the Duchess of Cornwall.

Camilla was touring Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of a royal visit with Prince Charles on Wednesday, when she spotted a pencil drawing of a greyhound in the Open Exhibition, but it was not for sale.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall signing the visitors book after touringthe Ferens Art Gallery in Hull on Wednesday

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall signing the visitors book after touringthe Ferens Art Gallery in Hull on Wednesday

But she then fell for the £300 oil painting Halved Avocado by Ilkley artist Helen Brayshaw.

Ms Brayshaw, who is studying for an MA at Leeds University, said: “I joked on Twitter I wonder if they notice my little painting - and then they did.

“I still can’t believe it - I am so excited.”

The Prince of Wales has homes in Scotland and Wales, as well his official residence at Clarence House in London, while their family home is at Highgrove House, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, and where the painting will go is not known.

Halved Avocado by Helen Brayshaw. Picture: Alex Wood

Halved Avocado by Helen Brayshaw. Picture: Alex Wood

However Ms Brayshaw said other friends who had bought her fruit and vegetable paintings put them in their kitchen or dining room because of the culinary theme.

Among other interests, the Duchess of Cornwall is said to have a “passion” for painting, which eventually led to her private tutoring with an artist.

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