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Anthony van Dyck – Charles I, King of England, from Three Angles by Fabulous Masterpieces

I realise I’m biased, but I think this reproduction oil painting of Van Dyck’s Charles I, King of England from Three Angles is one of the best Fabulous Masterpieces has done. It’s framed in a hand gilded gold leaf frame and was painted for a period homeowner living in North London.  He actually had this Van Dyck reproduction oil painting commissioned for his wife as a surprise!

Below, Tim Bertram, one of the directors of Fabulous masterpieces talks about it.

A bit about Van Dyck

Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599 – 1641) was a Flemish Baroque Artist who became the leading court painter at the court of Charles I of England. Unsurprisingly therefore he is most renowned for his portraits of King Charles I and his family. (Altogether van Dyck has been estimated to have painted forty portraits of King Charles I).  Charles I was a passionate art collector and saw art as a way of promoting his grandiose view of the monarchy. As you can see from the reproduction oil painting of Van Dyck’s Charles I from Three Angles, van Dyck painted many portraits of men, notably Charles I and himself, with the short, pointed beards then in fashion; consequently this particular kind of beard was much later (probably first in America in the 19th century) named as a vandyke. To see the van Dyke online gallery, please click here.

To visit the Fabulous Masterpieces van Dyck reproduction oil paintings gallery, please click on this link.

We’d love to hear from you! Please post a comment, or if you have any questions please email tim@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk

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Fabulous Masterpieces was Featured on Channel 4’s The Restoration Man

“The Restoration Man” is a television series on Channel 4 presented by architect George Clarke. Clarke gives advice and help to homeowners across the UK who have undertaken huge restoration projects of historical houses, stately homes and other architectual gems. Fabulous Masterpieces was contacted by Mr & Mrs Edwards, who were featured in Episode 9 of the series, to paint ancestral portraits and portraits of historical figures such as Gladstone, Churchill and Edward, Prince of Wales, all who had actually stayed in their 70 room mansion in Wales that they are restoring.

Fabulous Masterpieces’ portrait of Edward VIII was shown on the programme with George Clarke who exclaimed: “That’s fantastic” and  Mrs Edwards proclaiming: “We’re absolutely delighted with it…” “We’re delighted with that quality”.

“That’s the first of many” says Mr Edwards.

Prince of Wales - Edward VIII

Prince of Wales - Edward VIII by Fabulous Masterpieces

If you, like Mr & Mrs Edwards are restoring a period property and would like advice on artwork please contact Tim Bertram on 020 8354 9280 or email tim@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk

To read more about The Restoration Man please click here and visit the Channel 4 website.

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Photographs from our Art Reproduction &

Portrait Exhibition

Were You There?

Last week, Fabulous Masterpieces held a networking and art exhibition at the Troubadour gallery with the best of Kensington & Chelsea in London. Thanks to all of you who came. It was a fab night and have uploaded some photographs of the evening. We will be organising another exhibition with the best of Kensington & Chelsea shortly so if you’re interested in attending a future event please do let us know.

To learn more about Fabulous Masterpieces, please visit us here

To learn more about the best of Kensington & Chelsea, please click here.

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