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Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 28 October 2013 in People & Portrait.

Sorry, I've not been able to visit your blogs much. My current work project is taking depressingly huge amounts of time. I seem to be either working or sleeping.

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Devi from Chennai, India

Is she a Russian princess ?

28 Oct 2013 6:03am

@Devi: She is the daughter of the owners of this stately home. So, a rich person, but not a princess or similar

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

I'm not quite sure what is wrong but the flowers are beautiful... Would help if I could remember who is that lady on the painting...

28 Oct 2013 6:30am

@ursulakatariina: What's wrong (to me), is that she is a 6 year old, dressed as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth 1. Looked at closely(which you can't really do in this shot), she looks really, really uncomfortable

David from Avranches, France

Yes that is very odd indeed. We dont mind that your busy Chris, as long as you keep posting ;) Hope work calms down soon for you.

28 Oct 2013 7:02am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb shot, but as you say that poor little thing being squeezed into that dress

28 Oct 2013 7:50am

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Oh, now I understand why she looks so unhappy... I didn't realise she was so young. Thanks for the explanation, now I see what is wrong here.

28 Oct 2013 8:51am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Devenir Reine n'était sans doute pas facile !! :)

28 Oct 2013 9:09am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Maybe the artist "Photoshopped" it Chris - you know, do a copy of a Queen Elizabeth portrait then paint the girl's head in :-)

28 Oct 2013 9:18am

@Curly: Apparently, it was a common "tribute", to dress your kid as the queen if you were landed gentry. What I did notice as I went around these building was (and anyone else could have said this, it's just that I'm a bit late to the party) the variable quality of the paintings. Some had no concept AT ALL of proportion with heads, limbs etc being completely wrong. If you look at the size of this girls head, it just looks wrong compared to her body. But what do I know....

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Une série vraiment splendide, superbe travail. Bonne journée.

28 Oct 2013 9:34am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Big head means top knob possibly. Large hands in portraiture often signify power (the ability to grasp) so distortion can have a significant function. On the other hand there were/are plenty of incompetent artists about and it's the sort of world where the 'Old Boy' network flourishes..... Nice bit of panelling and interesting series Chris.

28 Oct 2013 10:54am

@grouser: As I said to Curly, "I'm late to this party". It's only been over the last 6 months or so that I've looked at paintings. I have had no interest in art for the rest of my life, so I have a completely naive eye when it comes to looking at paintings/ sculpture or whatever. It's fascinating to learn that paintings aren't simply "Photographs done with paint", but that instead the artist can convey extra meaning by adding/subtracting or modifying.

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

A nicely framed shot, the portrait is interesting, I would have had further questions but you answered them in your reply to Curly.

28 Oct 2013 12:25pm

Don from Spokane, United States

This shot makes a very good still life. I like the color of the flowers and how they support the painting so well.

28 Oct 2013 3:02pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Lovely shot - love the symmetry

28 Oct 2013 5:30pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

As you do, paint your daughter as the queen, the artist has certainly caught the awkwardness perfectly.

28 Oct 2013 8:09pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
so beautiful frame, colors & lights!
L O V E L Y !

28 Oct 2013 9:16pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

That is a beautiful painting. That house is amazing! Sorry about work. I hope at least the project is an interesting one.

29 Oct 2013 12:36am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I watched this posting yesterday, close to midnight, and I could not leave a comment; therefore I came back today to tell you that...without your explanation written to Curly as an answer, I might have said that this is a portrait of Elizabeth the First. It shows so well the kind of costume she enjoyed wearing after she declared herself "married to the country". I thought some painter have chosen the costume (while she was already Queen) and the face of her when a child.
I don't think the child looks uncomfortable! I think the painter managed to render the atmosphere of the Elizabethan era with great veracity!

29 Oct 2013 8:12am

@Japanalia: Perhaps I was projecting my own queasy feelings onto her. Maybe she was happy with what was going on, I guess we will never really know.

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