Friday, 8 June 2007

REGAL LIKENESSES

Meanwhile, back at Buck House...

I've been thinking more about the the subject of misleading likenesses of The Queen, and wonder whether, maybe the solution is to hand over all currency portraiture to the cartoonists - then we wouldn't necessarily expect an authentic 'from life' likeness, but would at least have the benefit of being given a smile or two...

Potential royal artists include Hack (Matt Buck), though his view of the sovereign looks both UNhappy and UNglorious and is decidedly lippy - as, I suppose, One would be at being obliged to wear One's I-D card...


Alternatively, one could opt for America's Ann Telnaes and her take on QE2 (seen here with George Dubya as a rogue consort), but I think she's carrying a few too many stone for the British pound...


There is, of course, the viciously delicious Gerald Scarfe - ever-able to bring out the beast within us all...


And the work of the late, lamented, Willie Rushton, who thoughtfully provided HM with green wellies and the day's racing form...


Or maybe we should just hand things over to the ever-brilliant 'Trog' (Wally Fawkes) who has clearly established a winning formula for royal portraiture: whether depicting the Queen enjoying her least favourite game - footie...


...or working behind the bar down at the The Rose & Crown - an especially unforgettable royal image created for the now long-defunct Punch...


...but which, happily, can now be seen hanging in London's wonderful Cartoon Museum, alongside the cream of Britain's cartoonists and caricaturists such as Bateman, Low, Emmet, Giles, Garland, Calman, Steadman, Scarfe and many other witty and wicked chroniclers of the past and present...

3 comments:

chris said...

That can't possibly be W. The expression isn't goofy and vacant enough. (and those are Windsor ears)

LisaH said...

We are not amused.

Off with your head!

Boll Weavil said...

A showcase of talented artists Mr B. For many Pink Floyd fans, like myself, Scarfe remains the one to aspire to !