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As the longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II is considered one of the most influential public figures of all time.
This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is recorded in three-versions, the prime being that commissioned for the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment in 1979 to mark the tenth anniversary of Her Majesty becoming their Colonel-in-Chief [fig. 1]. During his long career, Noakes painted numerous important sitters, from prime ministers and presidents to actors and authors, however, he is arguably best known for his naturalistic and sensitive portraits of the Royal Family.

Graciously addressing the viewer, this portrait reveals The Queen in her role as stateswoman. The final portrait was exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen’s Lancashire regiment was formed in 1970, nine years prior to this portrait, and continued in British Army service until 2006, when it was merged into The Duke of Lancaster's...


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As the longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II is considered one of the most influential public figures of all time.
This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is recorded in three-versions, the prime being that commissioned for the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment in 1979 to mark the tenth anniversary of Her Majesty becoming their Colonel-in-Chief [fig. 1]. During his long career, Noakes painted numerous important sitters, from prime ministers and presidents to actors and authors, however, he is arguably best known for his naturalistic and sensitive portraits of the Royal Family.

Graciously addressing the viewer, this portrait reveals The Queen in her role as stateswoman. The final portrait was exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. 

The Queen’s Lancashire regiment was formed in 1970, nine years prior to this portrait, and continued in British Army service until 2006, when it was merged into The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. By the time this work was painted, Noakes was well acquainted with the Royal Family and had become a trusted artist within the Royal Household. Over the previous five years, Noakes had gained sittings with numerous members of the Royal Family including the Prince of Wales, the Queen Mother, the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Margaret, and the Princess Royal. Noakes had become especially well acquainted with Her Majesty; whilst most artists who are offered a life sitting with the Queen have the privilege of sitting with her for the standard hour and a half, throughout his career Noakes spent more than twenty hours in official sittings with Her Majesty and, in 1999, he and his wife, Vivian, accompanied the Queen for an entire year, observing her working life and recording it in words and pictures which culminated in the publication of The Daily Life of The Queen: An Artist's Diary. During this time, an intimate relationship formed between artist and sitter, placing Noakes in a position whereby he could, more truthfully than most, exhume the complex character of his sitter.

Seated in graceful poise, Noakes uncovers a moment of quiet composure within The Queen’s busy diary. She extends her consideration and regard toward her people through her kindly gaze, which has been expertly captured. Her hands rest elegantly in her lap, permitting a more relaxed posture than that which one might usually associate with royalty. Capturing the spirit of both the private and public positions held by Queen Elizabeth, Noakes’ portrait communicates the kindness and compassion of the late Monarch.

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500 Years of British Art