18 January 2013
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A controversial portrait of The Queen, hidden from view for more than 60 years because the monarch's neck was too long, has finally gone on public display. Liverpool council refused to hang John Napper's painting in its town hall in 1952. The portrait has now gone on display at Liverpool's St George's Hall. But it is not the only depiction of the Queen to provoke comment.
In 2006, George Condo's painting of the Queen was criticised by the Society of Portrait Painters, which called it "embarrassingly bad". The artist's depiction of the monarch with a mangled face led to the piece being dubbed the Cabbage Patch Kid. "It is a nightmare picture of herself in her own head," said Condo, adding: "It is an improvisation of her own nightmare." The criticism could have been worse - Condo originally intended to paint a nude.
Antony Williams is known for his honest, detailed style which critic Martin Gayford described as "an exercise in sober, careful truth-telling". But his portrait of the Queen was criticised as it was said to have aged her and given her "sausage fingers".
Annie Leibovitz's portrait formed part of a BBC documentary, A Year with the Queen. Photographer Ian Lloyd described it as "new and it's different", but Henry Allen, culture critic for the Washington Post, was less enamoured. "It looks like something you might see in a catalogue offering the Queen herself for sale," he said, adding that he had hoped for something "a little more mysterious and a little less secular".
The English painter Sir Terence Cuneo was famous for his scenes of railways, horses and military action, but demand for his work as a portrait artist grew after he was made the official artist for the Queen's coronation in 1953.
Rolf Harris was permitted two sittings at Buckingham Palace for this portrait, commissioned by the BBC to mark the Queen's 80th birthday. The artwork, which took two months to complete, was described as "blurred" and "unflattering". Harris said he believed the painting was "friendly" and "welcoming". "I just hope she likes it," he said.