Your Andy Warhol Specialists

Andy Warhol - Queen Elizabeth
Andy Warhol - Queen Elizabeth 334 TP jpg
Andy Warhol - Queen Elizabeth
Andy Warhol - Queen Elizabeth 334 sig blur TP jpg
Andy Warhol - Queen Elizabeth F.S. II 334 TP
Andy Warhol holding one of his Queen Elizabeth II screenprints.

Queen Elizabeth II 334 (Trial Proof) (QEII)

Catalogue Title: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (FS IIB.334) Trial Proof

Year: 1985

Size: 39 3/8″ x 31 1/2″

Medium: Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board.

Edition: Edition of 40, 10 AP, 5 PP, 3 HC, 30 TP containing only one image of each queen, signed and numbered in pencil. There is also a Royal Edition of 30, 5 AP, 2PP, and 2 HC, sprinkled with diamond dust.

Hidden

Queen Elizabeth II 334 (Trial Proof) by Andy Warhol is part of the Reigning Queens series produced in 1985. The portfolio consists of sixteen screenprints, of which there are 4 Queen Elizabeth prints. Warhol depicts these four female monarchs in their own right, rather than as women who were married to a king. Warhol also completed an accompanying series, titled Reigning Queens (Royal Edition), in which the images were accented with diamond dust. Warhol’s intense pop rendering of Queen Elizabeth displays female empowerment through the use of bright red surrounding the figure. The loud and vivid use of color sparks attention to the subject and creates a solid movement around the portrait drawing attention to her dark brown eyes and gentle facial expression. Yellow is added to accent jewelry pieces Queen Elizabeth displays along with a light blue sash shown sitting on her shoulder. The gradient style composition of color from top to bottom allows the eye to go back and forth between solid and bold color toward the top of the print, to a softer hue at the bottom of the print.

The photograph that Warhol used for the basis of his Queen Elizabeth II prints was taken by Peter Grugeon in 1975 at Windsor Castle, and was released to announce the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. In 2012, the Royal Collection purchased four prints from Warhol’s series, making them the only portraits in the collection for which the Queen did not personally pose for.

Queen Elizabeth II 334 Trial Proof as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work

Completed by Warhol in 1985, the Reigning Queens series includes Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland. Andy Warhol created the Reigning Queens series during the mid-1980s, arguably his most prolific period. During this time, Warhol was forming bonds with a number of younger artists in the New York art scene including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel and David Salle. Warhol saw a re-emergence of critical and financial success during this period of his life.

Share this page:

Related Works

Scroll to Top