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Jackie II / Jacqueline Kennedy II

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2015,7028.1

  • Title (object)

    • Jackie II
    • Jacqueline Kennedy II
  • Description

    A head and shoulders portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy in semi-profile to the left printed twice (side by side) in black against a pale magenta background. Kennedy is shown in dark clothing with a veil on her head (pulled back from her face) and the image is composed of small dots, resembling newspaper print. 1965, published 1966
    Colour screenprint on wove paper

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1966
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 607 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 759 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Verso: signed with a rubber stamp and numbered '183' in pencil.
  • Curator's comments

    This screenprint is from a portfolio titled '11 Pop Artists, vol. II', which was published by Original Editions, New York in an edition of 200, plus 50 copies bearing Roman numerals that were reserved for the artists and their collaborators. The BM version is number 183/200. The portfolio contained the following prints:
    1. Jim Dine, 'Throat', screenprint
    2. Peter Phillips, 'Custom Print II', screenprint on Alufoil
    3. James Rosenquist, 'Whipped Butter for Eugen Ruchin', screenprint
    4. Roy Lichtenstein, 'Reverie', screenprint
    5. Andy Warhol, 'Jackie II' (aka 'Jacqueline Kennedy II')', screenprint
    6. Allen Jones, 'Pour les Lèvres', screenprint
    7. Allan D'Arcangelo, 'Landscape II', screenprint on vinyl
    8. Gerald Laing, 'Slide', screenprint and collage on styrene
    9. John Wesley, 'Bird Lady', screenprint
    10. Tom Wesselmann, 'Nude', screenprint
    11. Mel Ramos, 'Tobacco Rose', screenprint
    All the works except those by Peter Phillips and Allen Jones were printed by Knickerbocker Machine & Foundry (KMF) Inc., New York. (Peter Phillips' contribution was printed by Chiron Press Inc., New York and 'Pour les Lèvres' by Allen Jones was printed by J & P Atchison Ltd., London.)
    The purple cloth-covered portfolio box was designed by Elaine Lustig Cohen. It has a yellow interior and the title printed on the front in white, with the number '11' inside a circle and the words 'POP Artists' inside a triangle. 'Jackie II' is the only work from the portfolio that the BM owns although the print was acquired with the original box containing the titlepage and colophon with an introductory statement by Max Kozloff. "For all its notoriety,", Kozloff writes, "Pop art has never been a well-understood style. But the confusion with which it is still received, after four years, proves how lively, and even unsettling an art it is. This collection of original Pop graphics reflects the excitement of a phenomenon that has become one of the most searching in the visual arts."

    Andy Warhol made a number of paintings and prints depicting Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. This widely reproduced image of her at Kennedy's state funeral comes from a photograph taken by Fred Ward published in 'Life', 6 December 1963.

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  • Bibliography

    • Coppel, Daunt & Tallman 138 bibliographic details
    • Feldman & Schellmann 1997 II.14 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Old WPA Studio)

  • Exhibition history

    2017 9 Mar-18 Jun, London, BM, G30, The American Dream

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2015

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased from Sims Reed. Funded by the Vollard Group. Credit line to read: 'Presented by the Vollard Group'.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2015,7028.1

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