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Dressing Rooms at Whitehall

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed and published)

  • Date:

    1953 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Minton, John, born 1917 - died 1957 (artist)
    Royal College of Art (printer and publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Royal College of Art

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case ES, shelf 107, box C

This print was one of a portfolio by various artists commissioned by the Royal College of Art, London, to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. Minton was a painter, but recognised as an illustrator and printmaker too. His preferred medium was lithography, which he felt was closer to painting than any other graphic medium. This intimate view of a guardsman's private life indirectly reflects Minton's homosexuality. Guardsmen were popular figures of attraction for upper- and middle-class gay men in the 1950s, and they gained a reputation for availability. As with many of Minton's portraits, this print draws on his fascination with the 'manly ideal'.

Physical description

Colour Lithograph on paper printed in yellow, red and black on white ground. A guardsman seated on his bed in his barracks combing his busby helmet, hanging on brick wall behind him a red guardsman's jacket and a yellow cape or shirt, various bits of toiletry equipment and a pair of boots are spread out on the bed.

Place of Origin

London (printed and published)


1953 (printed and published)


Minton, John, born 1917 - died 1957 (artist)
Royal College of Art (printer and publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

John Minton
1) Signature; pencil


Height: 42.4 cm printed surface, Width: 30.4 cm printed surface, Height: 56.1 cm sheet, Width: 38.3 cm sheet

Descriptive line

'Horse Guards in their Dressing Rooms at Whitehall' by John Minton. Colour lithograph. 1953

Production Note

Printed and published to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 1953.

Attribution note: One of a portfolio published by the Royal College of Art to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
Reason For Production: Commission


Paper; Printing ink


Colour lithograph

Subjects depicted

Soldier (Guardsman); Homoerotic; Ceremony; Barracks


Prints; Gender and Sexuality

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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