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Andy Warhol

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

Size:(h)100 x (w) 80cm (Sheet Size)

Medium:limited Edition Screenprint, signed & numbered in pencil. POA

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About This Work

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was originally created in 1985 as part of a portfolio of 16 Andy Warhol screenprints on Lenox Museum Board. The limited-edition series also featured Queen Beatrix, Queen Margrethe II, and Queen Ntombi Twala. The elegant features of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II are accented by Warhol’s hand-drawn line while prominent pixilation of the print details elaborate shading and highlights of the portrait.

The screenprint is signed and numbered by Warhol in pencil, lower right. Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York and published by George C. P. Mulder, Amsterdam.

In this series of Reigning Queens, we are shown how Warhol addressed his interest in the extremes of social hierarchy – but specifically with the iconography of Queen Elizabeth II.
Warhol once said, ‘I want to be as famous as the Queen of England’. This piece, derived from an official 1977 Jubilee photograph by Peter Grugeon, perfectly provides us with an example of his ability to transform the medium of traditional portraiture and translate it to contemporary & political relevance. Furthermore, it reinvigorated the traditional presentation of royalty.