King commissions Windrush portraits

Art Industry
22 June 2023

King Charles has commissioned ten portraits of members of the Windrush generation to mark the arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury in 1948.

“It is, I believe, crucially important that we should truly see and hear these pioneers who stepped off the Empire Windrush at Tilbury in June 1948 - only a few months before I was born - and those who followed over the decades, to recognise and celebrate the immeasurable difference that they, their children and their grandchildren have made to this country” he said.

Delisser Bernard (pictured), who served in the RAF in the Second World War and returned to Britain in 1948 settling first in Wolverhampton and working for most of his life at Vauxhall Motors in Luton, by Honor Titus.

Jessie Stephens MBE (main image) had trained as a stenographer when she arrived from St Lucia in 1955 and was the first Black woman to work at Companies House, by Sahara Longe.