Portraits of British Queens throughout history will be showcased to mark Platinum Jubilee

Apr 24, 2022
A month-long exhibit will be held to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Source: @chrislevine/@ sothebys/Instagram

A month-long exhibition showcasing portraits of British Queens will be held in London to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.

The exhibition will feature seven royal matriarchs ranging from the Tudor era to the present day.

Sotheby’s auction house released a statement saying the exhibit will be accompanied by events and auctions to celebrate the “joyous national milestone”.

Sotheby’s Deputy Chairman, Frances Christie said: “Britain has long been known for its creativity and The Queen has been at the helm of this throughout her reign – both as custodian of a world-class collection, and the inspiration for artists, designers and more.”

“This year, Her Majesty will become the first British Monarch to celebrate seventy years of service, the perfect opportunity for Sotheby’s, with our unique position at the helm of both art and luxury, to celebrate creativity in all its forms – art, music, literature, food, fashion and performing arts.”

The exhibition will be led by the legendary Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, which remembers the Spanish Armada’s failed invasion of England in 1588 and is followed by the iconic pop artist Andy Warhol’s 1985 “Reigning Queens” portrait.


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Also featuring in the exhibition will be important portraits of Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Victoria, Queen Anne, Mary I and Mary II, lent from aristocratic and other distinguished British collections,” a statement from Sotheby’s said.

Sotheby’s will also be including an exhibition of aristocratic jewels like tiaras, as well as books and manuscripts of royal origin.

“Among the highlights is the death warrant of the 7th Earl of Northumberland, signed by Elizabeth I and sealed with her privy seal, which is being loaned from Alnwick Castle,” Sotheby’s said.

Sotheby’s announced the jewels on show “will chart the history of this most stately jewellery format since the late 18th century, when it was exalted to courtly fashion by Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Joséphine, in emulation of ancient Greek and Roman wearers.”

The Jubilee Arts Festival starting on May 28, 2022, will also include musical performances and book launches, dramatic readings and a range of presenters retelling British history.




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