The Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II

Portrait 11

Date of Original Portrait: Circa 1963
Artist: Reynolds Stone
Following the disappointment over Robert Austin’s portrait of The Queen (Portrait 10), the Bank of England decided to prepare a new portrait of The Queen for the higher denomination notes in their ‘C’ series of notes. This portrait was drawn by Reynolds Stone, who was responsible for the design of the 5- and 10-pound notes in the ‘C’ series. The engraving of the portrait was executed by Alan Dow of Bradbury Wilkinson and Company. Austin’s portrait depicts Her Majesty wearing the George IV State Diadem and a necklace of three matched strings of pearls, her preferred choice of necklace for informal and semi-formal occasions. The pearl necklace was given to Elizabeth by King George V on the occasion of his Silver Jubilee, on 6 May 1935.
Use of this Portrait:
  • Bank of England -- Nos. 375 and 376

© Peter Symes 2003