Rare sketch of Queen Elizabeth II may see $19,000 in UK sale


2015-06-26 12:58:55


Rare sketch of Queen Elizabeth II may see $19,000 in UK sale

A UK auction is to feature a rare sketch of the Queen while she was Princess Elizabeth

A rare sketch of Princess Elizabeth, drawn two years before she would become queen, is to star in an upcoming auction of 20th Century Art in London, UK.

Princess Elizabeth sketch Queen Dame Laura Knight

The sale will be held September 12 and is expecting to see strong results for the piece. Providing a unique glimpse of the Queen in her youth, it is expected to make 8,000-12,000 ($12,000-19,000).

Drawn in February 1950 by Dame Laura Knight, the charcoal sketch was taken when Princess Elizabeth was in the early stages of pregnancy with Princess Anne, who would be born six months later in August 1950. The futurequeen was just 23 at the time and the portrait depicts her with the simple beauty for which she was known.

The work has never been in the Royal Collection, as theDame Laura Knightkept it for her own purposes;it is thought to be a study to a larger portrait. According to a letter from Edward Young, deputy secretary to the Queen, it was shown to Her Majesty in 2011, who said she fondly remembered sitting for the artist.

It was consigned to auction by the present owner, whose father bought it from Knight in 1969, the year before she died. Dame Laura Knight was a respected impressionist artist, who is best known for her depictions of London's theatre and ballet.

PFC Auctions, Paul Fraser Collectibles' sister company, has a great range of royal memorabilia. Highlighting the collection is a Princess Diana wedding gown collage, featuring Elizabeth Emanuel's original designs and off-cuts from the dress itself.

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