Story of a  2012 portrait in oils of Queen Elizabeth II by British artist Helen Anderson

IN THE PICTURE: THE QUEEN

September 10, 2022

Very sadly, our beloved Queen has now passed. But it gives me a moment to reflect on the creation of this oil painting from 2012, commissioned to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

The City of Chester commissioned the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ahead of a royal visit.

The setting is of course Buckingham Palace, with the Victoria Memorial (glimpsed through the open window). I particularly enjoyed imagining, designing and painting the lovely gown in Swiss guipure lace, which is beautifully set off by the Crown Jewels and the Order of the Garter

I was delighted and proud to hear (via the Daily Mail) that my painting was greatly admired by Peter Blake, one of my favourite British artists and also Beatles-era, like me. Peter famously created the cover art for the Sergeant Pepper album, which makes him one of the most significant pop artists of the 20thcentury.

This is a large portrait in oils. A one-off signed print was auctioned for charity in the same year. I’m thinking of making further prints in a limited edition, so if you are interested in acquiring one for your home or office, please do let me know!

 




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How to measure your head for my leather cap

sketch of John Lennon by Helen Anderson 

 

 
A message from Helen about sizing: 
Hats are a bit like jackets and dresses: sizes are supposed to be universal but may vary from one manufacturer to another. I can’t guarantee you a perfect fit, but I can do my best to help.

My cap is available in 4 sizes: Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L) and Extra Large (XL). It’s an investment piece, so I encourage you also to invest three minutes to find the perfect fit.

Don’t just guess your size!
John Lennon’s head measured 23.5 inches. He was a size XL (big brain!). Here's how I measured it, back in 1964 - and how you can measure yours now.
  1. Don’t panic if you don’t have a tailor’s tape measure handy. You can also use a length of string or ribbon, and then measure it against a ruler.
  2. Place the string or tape around your head about 3mm above your ear, across the mid-forehead, completely circling your head. Hold the tape firmly, but not super-tightly.
  3. I’d like you to measure your head exactly where the cap will sit. If your measurement falls between sizes, choose the next size up.
Remember: If you have big hair, you’ll probably need the next size up!

SIZES

SIZE GUIDE

You will need to tell me your size at the time you order.

CHOOSE SMALL CHOOSE MEDIUM CHOOSE LARGE CHOOSE EXTRA-LARGE 

If you are in such a hurry to get hold of a cap that you don’t have time to measure your head, you could also check the size of another hat that fits: hat sizes are universal… in theory. Don’t see your size? Have a special request?

Email Me!