Windsor

The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch

Windsor Castle

Friday, 23 November 2012 to Sunday, 9 June 2013

Queen Elizabeth II is one of the most depicted women in the world. She has sat to numerous artists, from Cecil Beaton and Pietro Annigoni to Lucian Freud. Her portrait likeness, so widely circulated, has also inspired artists such as Andy Warhol, whose screenprint portraits of Her Majesty have been recently acquired for the Royal Collection and are displayed for the first time at Windsor Castle.

Portraits of The Queen are made for a number of official purposes, ranging from photographs distributed at the time of a State Visit, to those that mark a particular anniversary. Portraits bearing a clear and recognisable image of the sovereign are required for use on coins, banknotes and stamps. Many of the works on display were created with one of these purposes in mind.

This exhibition presents a selection of official, commissioned and formal portraits of The Queen, gathered here from the different Royal residences.

Image © 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS)