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Reigning Queens
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015

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Reigning Queens 1985

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
In 1985 Warhol embarked on his largest portfolio of screenprints. Entitled ‘Reigning Queens’ it contains sixteen prints of the four ruling queens at that time in the world: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark – the last of whom features in this poster. Based on official or media photographs, Warhol has incorporated abstract blocks of colour that, although screenprinted, appear collaged. He has also combined printed elements derived from drawings, which emphasise details such as jewellery. A Royal edition of the portfolio was published that incorporated diamond dust. The by-product of the manufacture of industrial-grade diamonds, this dust gave the prints a sparkly, extravagant effect.


  • Acc. No. AR00396
  • Medium Lithograph on paper
  • Size 82.10 x 60.00 cm (framed: 88.90 x 66.80 x 3.80 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008