A new portrait of Prince Philip, husband and consort to Queen Elizabeth II, has reared its ugly head, according to cnn.com. Philip, who sat four times for the artist, Stuart Pearson, was said to have exclaimed, “Gadzooks! As long as I don’t have to have it on my wall,” when the canvas was unveiled. (He’s the diplomat who once said of Asians, “If it has four legs and is not a chair, they will eat it.”) The portrait, titled Homo sapiens, Lepidium sativum and Calliphora vomitoria, the scientific names for human, cress, and bluebottle, depicts him shirtless with a fly on his shoulder. A London art gallery is selling it for $45,000.
In the painting, Philip points up with his right index finger, which sprouts four strands of cress. Pearson Wright said they symbolize the prince’s four children.