Wednesday/ Andy Warhol’s Queen of Swaziland

I made my way back to Seattle on Wednesday morning, starting out in Pittsburgh’s airport.  This print of Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland*, is one of a series of four ‘Reigning Queens’ made by Andy Warhol in 1985.  The prints are in concourse C of the airport.  The other three queens are Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Queen Margrethe of Denmark. Warhol once said ‘I want to be as famous as the Queen of England’.

*Swaziland is a tiny kingdom, land-locked by South Africa and Mozambique. I have to confess I did not know about the Queen of Swaziland’s existence while I grew up in South Africa.  The Queen has since been succeeded by her son, King Mswati III.  Check out http://www.gov.sz/

A screen print on Lenox museum board, of Andy Warhol’s Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland, made in 1985. (There is a yellow light reflection in the top left that I could not avoid when I took the picture).
This is an Andy Warhol print of Queen Elizabeth II, one of a series of four of Elizabeth II in different colors, that the Queen’s trust bought for the Royal Collection just this year (reportedly for several £100,000).

 

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