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  • Christopher Gibbs C19th Ingres

    32.1 x 25.1

    pencil on paper

    1987

  • Joanna Weinstein C19th Klimt

    34.2 x 23.9

    pencil on paper

    1987

  • Julia Weinstein C19th Waldmüller

    33.6 x 24.5

    pencil on paper

    1987

  • Leila Sarfaran C19th Dulac

    30.8 x 22.5

    pencil on paper

    1987

  • Aziz Sarfaran C18th Mughal

    30.8 x 22.5

    pencil on paper

    1987

  • Cristiana Talenti C16th Capriola

    pencil on paper

    1987

  • Queen Emma (a cat)

    pencil on paper

    1987

  • Michael Leonard C17th Velasquez

    pencil on paper

    1987

  • Jerome Zipkin C14th Van Eyck

    pencil on paper

    1988

  • Lady Hayat Palumbo C18th Levitsky

    pencil on paper

    1988

  • Lord Peter Palumbo C18th Batoni

    pencil on paper

    1988

  • Michael Leonard C17th Frans Hals

    18.1 x 13.3

    pencil on paper

    1988

  • Philippe de Beaumont C16th Clouet

    pencil on paper

    1989

  • Sarah Davey C19th Winterhalter

    33.6 x 26

    pencil on paper

    1989

  • Keith Davey C19th Waldmüller

    33 x 26

    pencil on paper

    1989

  • Robin Buchanan C18th John Cox

    pencil on paper

    1989

  • Naomi Buchanan C18th John Cox

    pencil on paper

    1989

  • Patricia Wengraf C18th French School

    29.8 x 25.1

    pencil on paper

    1989

  • Alex Wengraf C18th Pajou

    30.5 x 25.4

    pencil on paper

    1989

  • Adrian Sassoon C15th da Messina

    31.5 x 24.5

    pencil on paper

    1989

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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