Reigning Queens: Queen Elizabeth II Of The United Kingdom

Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.


39.375" x 31.5"

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Edition of 40, 10 AP, 5 PP, 3HC, 30 TP containing only one image of each queen, signed and numbered in pencil lower right

Reigning Queens: Queen Elizabeth II: The Queen is one of the few people in the world whose portrait is regularly painted, but this depiction is unique because she neither sat for it nor commissioned it. The shape of Warhol's portrait recalls a postage stamp, though the picture of the Queen, taken from her 1977 Jubilee portrait, is head-on instead of in profile.  Did she like it? The Queen's opinion of this portrait is not recorded. However, her subjects seem to like it. The National Portrait Gallery promotes it on T-shirts, mouse mats and playing cards. The Queen looks more human here because she is treated not as monarchs are meant to be, but as a celebrity like any other, part of the long list of famous people Warhol depicted.



Portfolio of sixteen screenprints. Printer: Rupert Jasen Smith, New York Publisher: Geaorge C. P. Mulder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

© 2008 Gallery Warhol. All artwork is © 1987-2008 The ANDY WARHOL Foundation for the Visual Arts.