Queen Elizabeth II: In Memoriam: 1926 - 2022

8 - 20 September 2022

Like so many, we are saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A phenomenal woman whose long life was devoted to the duty to others, she embodied the very essence of grace, dignity and unity. Queen Elizabeth II was constant presence in an ever shifting world. As the world over, our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family as we mourn the passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, remembering her lifelong devotion and contribution to this country; we honour her legacy. 




Born in 1926, Queen Elizabeth II oversaw the evolving nature of photography more than any monarch in history. As the ceremonial head of state and realm, she witnessed the developments of image-making through painting and photography, television and film, and now social media. The monarchy's shared affinity with the public was mediated through the influence vested in their appearance and recited through photography to democratise the royal image. 'I have to be seen to be believed', Queen Elizabeth II once remarked. Her appreciation of photography ensured that while the monarchy has a sense of tradition and contance, its image is one of progress in an ever shifting world.


With the advancement of culture and technology, royal portraiture has developed alongside the monarch's understanding of the power of photography and digital imagery. These photographic portraits unite the paradoxes of royal image-making: between public figure and private individual, intimacy and majesty. Rob Munday and Chris Levine's exceptional photographic works presented at Dellasposa Gallery are emblematic of the Queen's embrace of the medium in the twenty-first century.