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Queen Victoria, 2002


Queen Victoria, 2002
Oil on canvas in original artist’s frame
91.5 x 91.5 cm (36×36 inches)
Stencil signature, lower right
Sotheby’s London: 17 October 2008
GBP 277,250

Santa’s Ghetto, Dragon Bar, London, December 2002

“Show your friends and colleagues your admiration for Britain’s greatest ever living monarch with this deluxe lesbian watersports fetish tableaux.”

Queen Victoria depicts the English monarch sitting on the face of another woman, in reference to her notorious anti-gay positions. Both characters are realized in Banksy’s black and white stencil style against a regal red background.
Banksy, Existencilism, May 2002
Queen Victoria is presented in full regalia with her crown and scepter, with the unexpected addition of suspenders, knee-high leather boots and a short skirt that exposes her upper thigh. Her partner is also wearing suspenders and high heels, her arms thrown back in submission. Banksy also released a screen-print with this stencil.