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posted 05-02-2005 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
Suppose I was a nobleman and wanted a portrait... how would things go? Would I have to be a very rich nobleman? Did noblemans order portraits only in special occasions (like "let's marry daughter"), or was it like a photo nowadays (obviously it wasn't, but metapohoricaly speaking). How long would that take? And did the nobleman pose only for face, and somebody else for body, to save time?

Dorothy Davies
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posted 05-10-2005 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dorothy Davies     Edit/Delete Message
this is a trickier question! I have not been able to discover any answers by conventional means, so have resorted to my usual route, ask the source. (I'm a medium, so I can do this, but only because I work closely with a spirit person whose book I am writing for him. He and his secretary have kindly consented to answer questions and I have a stack of them!)
It would appear the person would commission a portrait painter to come to the castle where the sitter would pose in their best robes for the painting. A preliminary sketch would be made and the details filled in later. A sort of dummy was made up for the robes and it would seem someone sat for the hands, if they were in the portrait, if the sitter was required to be elsewhere, if they weren't, again a preliminary sketch would be made and the details put in later. A portait could take some time as oils had to be allowed to dry between the sessions, so that the jewels or chain could be painted over the top of the cloak, or robe, or whatever the sitter was wearing.
I am assured this is accurate information, I hope it helps.

posted 05-11-2005 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
This is really helpful, thank you!

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