Her Majesty’s Trusty and Well Beloved

Vanity Fair style portrait of a QC, commissioned by his sons, who requested his portrait in the style of Leslie Ward’s ‘SPY’ cartoons.

The title comes from the exact wording of the sitter’s Letters Patent (Letters Patent are written orders issued by a monarch, granting an office, right, monopoly, title, or status to a person. It is an archaically worded document bearing a large royal seal and encased in a scarlet leather pouch). The sons thought it would contrast nicely with the nonchalant stance of the QC smoking a cigarette.

These are gentle caricatures, nothing too extreme. As Leslie Ward (Spy) 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.Leslie Ward – Wikipedia

To see more of his Vanity Fair style portrait work click here.



Pencil sketch. Scanned. Painted digitally in Photoshop, using graphics tablet and stylus. Textures my own.

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