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  • Michael Leonard C16th Clouet

    pencil on paper

    1989

  • Lady Pamela Hicks C18th Romney

    32.7 x 24.8

    pencil on paper

    1990

  • David Hicks C19th Lawrence

    33.3 x 25.1

    pencil on paper

    1990

  • Marvin Lundy C19th Richardson

    33.3 x 26.7

    pencil on paper

    1990

  • Curtis Roth C18th Ramsay

    33 x 26.4

    pencil on paper

    1990

  • Robert Wooley C16th Moroni

    31.5 x 25.1

    pencil on paper

    1990

  • Nick Edwards C18th David

    30.8 x 24.5

    pencil on paper

    1990

  • Rev Wenceslas Muff ( a cat ) C19th Lawrence

    pencil on paper

    1990

  • Michael Leonard C17th John Hoskins

    23.5 x 19.1

    pencil on paper

    1990

  • Ezra Zilkha C19th Daguerreotype

    32.4 x 26.4

    pencil on paper

    1991

  • Michael Leonard C17th J Guillaume de Pré

    19.1 diameter

    pencil on paper

    1991

  • Anthea Gibson C18th Hudson

    32.7 x 27.3

    pencil on paper

    1992

  • Thomas Gibson C18th English School

    34 x 27.3

    pencil on paper

    1992

  • Alfred Taubman C19th Ingres

    30.5 x 24.5

    pencil on paper

    1992

  • Robert Liberman C18th Richardson

    33 x 27.6

    pencil on paper

    1992

  • Shaunagh Heneage C18th Boucher

    33.6 x 26.7

    pencil on paper

    1992

  • Henry Grunwald C19th David

    31.7 x 24.8

    pencil on paper

    1993

  • Frederick Christian Flick C19th Ingres

    31.1 x 25.7

    pencil on paper

    1993

  • John Stefanides C18th Liotard

    pencil on paper

    1993

  • Michael Leonard C17th Ferdinand Bol

    20.3 x 14.6

    pencil on paper

    1993

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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