A Chivalrous Judge


The client commissioned one of my Vanity Fair ‘SPY’ style illustrations. ‘SPY’ AKA Leslie Ward, would often paint prominent judges and barristers of the time.

These are gentle caricatures, nothing too extreme. As Leslie Ward once said: ‘If I could sum up the art in a sentence, it would be that caricature should be a comic impression with a kindly touch, and always devoid of vulgarity’.

According to the client, this particular judge “…is and always has been chivalrous. He reminds me of a cross between Omar Sharif and David Niven. He’s a real and true charmer, when you’re with him, especially in Chambers, personally, he has the ability to make one feel like they’re the only one in the room. In Court, I’ve always admired his fairness. Even when it’s ‘open and shut’, he strives for fairness for the Defendants he has before him.”

Pencil sketch, scanned, then digitally painted in Photoshop

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