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  • Christopher Gibbs C19th Ingres

    1987

    pencil on paper

    32.1 x 25.1

  • Joanna Weinstein C19th Klimt

    1987

    pencil on paper

    34.2 x 23.9

  • Julia Weinstein C19th Waldmüller

    1987

    pencil on paper

    33.6 x 24.5

  • Leila Sarfaran C19th Dulac

    1987

    pencil on paper

    30.8 x 22.5

  • Aziz Sarfaran C18th Mughal

    1987

    pencil on paper

    30.8 x 22.5

  • Cristiana Talenti C16th Capriola

    1987

    pencil on paper

  • Queen Emma (a cat)

    1987

    pencil on paper

  • Michael Leonard C17th Velasquez

    1987

    pencil on paper

  • Jerome Zipkin C14th Van Eyck

    1988

    pencil on paper

  • Lady Hayat Palumbo C18th Levitsky

    1988

    pencil on paper

  • Lord Peter Palumbo C18th Batoni

    1988

    pencil on paper

  • Michael Leonard C17th Frans Hals

    1988

    pencil on paper

    18.1 x 13.3

  • Philippe de Beaumont C16th Clouet

    1989

    pencil on paper

  • Sarah Davey C19th Winterhalter

    1989

    pencil on paper

    33.6 x 26

  • Keith Davey C19th Waldmüller

    1989

    pencil on paper

    33 x 26

  • Robin Buchanan C18th John Cox

    1989

    pencil on paper

  • Naomi Buchanan C18th John Cox

    1989

    pencil on paper

  • Patricia Wengraf C18th French School

    1989

    pencil on paper

    29.8 x 25.1

  • Alex Wengraf C18th Pajou

    1989

    pencil on paper

    30.5 x 25.4

  • Adrian Sassoon C15th da Messina

    1989

    pencil on paper

    31.5 x 24.5

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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