On Wednesday, May 31st, Chris Levine unveiled a new edition at Sotheby’s London. The artwork, titled “Queen Elizabeth II / 1926-2022,” is a unique rendition stemming from Levine’s 2004 portrait of the Queen, which was commissioned by the States of Jersey. The hand-coloured piece was initially intended for release during the year of the Platinum Jubilee but was withheld following the passing of Her Majesty. It was to have been gifted to the Queen last year along with the artist’s portrait of Frankel, her favourite racehorse.
You can now view this stunning work at Sotheby’s London in Mayfair from May 30th until June 13th. Appearing alongside the Portraits of Chatsworth exhibition on loan from the Devonshire collection, the work will be showcased next to some of the great Dutch, British, and Italian masters including Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese. Take a look at the Sotheby’s website to view the artwork and learn more about its history here.
Employing an innovative print technique, the artwork utilises a sequence of stereographic frames positioned behind the latest lenticular lens to produce a colour 3D image of this seminal work. This creation stands as one of the finest examples ever made of this technology and has extraordinary depth.
The edition is set at 96 with one piece for each year of Her Majesty’s life.
This is the first time the work has been shown to the public and is now offered exclusively by Sotheby’s as the final rendition from this historic body of work.