After a reign of 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II’s visage lives on in portraits, sculptures and gallery works, as well as the everyday and unusual.
Photos: Queen as commodity, muse for artists, fans
For a lifetime, she was everywhere all at once.
Queen Elizabeth II was a history-making sovereign, to be sure, but she was also a commodity, an artist’s muse, a conduit for self expression on the street, many streets in fact, well beyond those of Britain.
At 96, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died on 8 September after a reign of 70 years, but her visage lives on, including her world famous profile. She has borne sculptures, gallery works — a huge portrait in Kosovo made entirely of corn, peas and beans.
The world’s merchandise machine has produced enough tchotchkes to last another 70 years, perhaps. And they didn’t forget her beloved corgis that delighted fans.