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


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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Hi I would be really interested in buying one of your prints of HM Queen please.

I collect portraits, pictures and busts of HM Queen from 1926 to the present day and I have studied over 100 artists. I would love to add your picture to my collection. Best wishes Sarah


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