The Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II

Portrait 9

This widely used portrait of the Queen is adapted from a painting by Pietro Annigoni. The portrait was privately commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers in 1954, but not completed until 1955. The painting is now displayed in Fishmongers' Hall, London. The full length portrait features Her Majesty wearing the regalia of the Order of the Garter, standing regally with a distant but lonely aspect. The portrait is regarded by many as one of the finest portrayals of the young Queen.

Date of Original Portrait: 1955
Artist: Pietro Annigoni
Portrait 9a
This is the Bradbury Wilkinson version of the portrait. The distinguishing features of this portrait are the even shading on side of The Queen's face, below her temple, and the distinct highlights given to the braid on the front of Her cloak, which originates from the bow on Her left shoulder.
Use of this Portrait:
  • Isle of Man -- Nos. 24 to 27.
  • Malta -- Nos. 25 to 30.
  • Rhodesia -- Nos. 24 to 29.
  • Trinidad and Tobago -- Nos. 26 to 29.
  • Seychelles -- Nos. 14 to 18.
Portrait 9b
This is the De La Rue version of the portrait. In this version, the darker shading on the side of The Queen's face below her temple has a distinct edge, highlighting her cheekbone. In addition, the braid on her cloak is drawn more simply and regularly.
Use of this Portrait:
  • Jersey -- Nos. 7 to 10.
  • East Caribbean States -- Nos. 13 to 16.
  • Mauritius -- Nos. 30 to 33.
  • Fiji -- Nos. 50 to 67.

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