Elizabeth II: Her improbable technique to make her portraits look realistic

During a collaboration with the British painter Curtis Hooper in 1986, Queen Elizabeth II used a particular technique to ensure the quality of her portrait.

In nearly seventy years of reign, Queen Elizabeth II of England has been portrayed from every angle and in every era. The Italian Pietro Annigoni, the British Henry Ward, the Australian Rolf Harris and the Nigerian Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy have had the honor of drawing the monarch, who has always been very concerned about her image. In 1986, on the occasion of a collaboration with the British painter Curtis Hooper, the sovereign had notably demonstrated her perfectionism by using a technique that is her own…

According to DailyMailTV, which recently unearthed a series of photos that served as a reference for Hooper in 1986, Queen Elizabeth II was fussy when she discovered the work of the painter. Indeed, the British head of state had noted a difference between her lipstick on the painting and the real shade of her makeup. To avoid the problem, Elizabeth II had provided the painter with a handkerchief bearing the print of her lips. Curtis Hooper was thus able to rectify his work and even allowed himself to keep the fabric, which was invaluable to him.

Queen Elizabeth II at 59

Revealed in 1986, Curtis Hooper’s painting shows Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 59. Sitting on her throne, Prince Charles’ mother poses at Buckingham Palace with a necklace set with 27 diamond-studded rubies and earrings given by King George V of Great Britain to his wife Queen Mary on her 59th birthday in 1926. The portrait, for which Hooper was paid $260,000, is now on display at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda, a British overseas territory.

Photos credits: Goff Inf

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