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  • Annette de la Renta C19th Sargent

    1986

    pencil on paper

    31.2 x 23.9

  • Doris Saatchi C17th Van Dyck

    1986

    pencil on paper

    33 x 22.9

  • Hon. Edward Vaizey C17th Van Dyck

    1986

    pencil on paper

    32.7 x 24.2

  • Ken Ellis C19th Ingres

    1986

    pencil on paper

    15.2 x 10.2 approx

  • Roberto Fainello C16th Titian

    1986

    pencil on paper

    31.8 x 23.5

  • Tom Phillips C16th Raphael

    1986

    pencil on paper

  • Sir Anthony Sher C15th da Messina

    1986

    pencil on paper

    32.1 : 23.9

  • Oscar Neuman C19th David

    1986

    pencil on paper

  • Richard Banks C17th Frans Hals

    1986

    pencil on paper

  • Robert Melville C16th Moroni

    1986

    pencil on paper

  • David Newman C17th Kneller

    1986

    pencil on paper

    32.7 x 24.5

  • Pamela Brown C20th Sargent

    1986

    pencil on paper

    31.5 x 23.5

  • Sir Peter Blake C16th Holbein

    1986

    pencil on paper

  • Michael Leonard C17th Van Dyck

    1986

    pencil on paper

    20.3 x 13.9

  • Richard Bairstow C16th Moroni

    1987

    pencil on paper

  • Lady Anouska Weinberg C20th Sargent

    1987

    pencil on paper

  • Bill Gibb C16th Van der Meulen

    1987

    pencil on paper

    30.5 x 24.2

  • Prudence Cuming C19th Photo anon

    1987

    pencil on paper

    33 x 24.5

  • Richard Wunder C18th de la Tour

    1987

    pencil on paper

  • Harry Ward-Bailey C19th David

    1987

    pencil on paper

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Portraits in Time

Every now and again I encounter a face that seems to be straight out of a portrait by one of the great artists of the past such as Holbein, Van Dyck or John Singer Sargent. To recapture this haunting sensation, I devised ‘Portraits in Time’, a set of drawings that pitches contemporary faces back through time to a period that better matches their facial characteristics. Adopting the style of an artist of the day, I use the illusionist technique of trompe-l’oeil to present my portrait as a reproduction, torn from the pages of a catalogue.

Often my subjects are intrigued to find how completely at home they seem in that earlier time - even more at home sometimes than in the present day! My portrait of George Hall for example, places him in the early eighteenth century. He looks so comfortable there, wearing a typical wig of the period, that after I’ve been looking at my drawing for a while, I have to struggle to return his face to the age we live in!

© Michael Leonard