The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch


Franta Belsky

HM Queen Elizabeth II
33.7 cm (height)

Over the course of his career, the Czech sculptor Franta Belsky (1921-2000) depicted four generations of the Royal Family, from Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to the infant Prince William.

In 1981 he was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to make a portrait of The Queen’s head in bronze.

Another version of this portrait was acquired by The Queen in 1982.




Raphael Maklouf

HM Queen Elizabeth II

65.0 x 41.0 x 21.5 cm

In 1982, a competition was held by the Royal Mint to find an artist to make a new image of The Queen to feature on British coins. The work of the Jerusalem-born sculptor Raphael Maklouf (b. 1937) was selected.

Maklouf’s initial designs were based on a photograph taken by Lord Snowdon, but once appointed he was granted two sittings with Her Majesty in order to complete his bronze bust. Maklouf’s image of The Queen featured on coins from 1 January 1985 until 1998.