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Beautiful Anne Boleyn Portrait

Anne Boleyn (c.1501/07 – 1536) was the second wife of King Henry VIII of England and was queen consort from 1533 until 1536. Anne Boleyn was also the first English queen to be publicly executed.  Whether you view her as a victim of a tyrannical king or an ambitious manipulator it’s fair to say that even 500 years on we’re still intrigued and fascinated with her.

A few months ago we were given the task of commissioning an oil replica of Anne Boleyn by an unknown artist. The small image of Anne is what the customer emailed over to us and the oil painting of Anne Boleyn below her is our oil replica.

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn - Original Painting (c. 1534)

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn - Oil Replica by Fabulous Masterpieces

Fabulous Masterpieces works with some excellent framers. This frame was hand-made and painted black with a gold leaf inner.

Fine Art Reproduction of Anne Boleyn

Fine Art Reproduction of Anne Boleyn, framed and securely packaged ready to deliver by Fabulous Masterpieces

Anne Boleyn Portrait

Back of the Anne Boleyn Framed Replica Oil Painting. Artist has signed his name.

If you would like to view our short clip on our Anne Boleyn oil replica please click on the link.

Anne Boleyn Clip

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We’d love to hear from you! If you would like to add something,  or ask a question concerning our oil paintings please leave a comment.

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Fabulous Masterpieces is the Premier UK Art Reproduction company, to learn more about us, please click here.

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Dog Portraits by Artists who only specialise in painting dogs!

This is just a quick post to show you a fabulous oil painting of Tilly the dog. I agree, I’m biased but so many people who have seen Tilly’s oil portrait have showered the painting with praise that I just have to show you.

Dog Photo

Photo of Tilly given to Fabulous Masterpieces' Dog Artist

Drum Roll Please…………….

Dog Portraits

Tilly's Portrait, hand painted in oils onto canvas by Fabulous Masterpieces. 30cm x 40cm £220

I think changing the background of the photo and having Tilly painted as if she was in the garden really makes this portrait. Notice how in the photo Tilly’s ear was chopped off and one of her paws also wasn’t captured on camera. The artist has painstakingly painted them in having studied a selection of other photos supplied to make sure he painted Tilly perfectly and that the owner would be over the moon!

If you would like to see other examples of Dog Portraits by Fabulous Masterpieces and prices please click here. Dog portraits start from £220, which includes VAT and P&P.

I hope you agree with me that Tilly’s dog portrait is a fab painting and if you have any questions please contact us or leave a comment!

Bye for now x

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Need Business Christmas Gift Ideas?

A luxurious and beautifully hand painted oil painting of the boss or your clients makes a truly special  and unique Christmas gift.

Fabulous Masterpieces has commissioned many portraits as Christmas gifts from companies and teams looking to give their boss and clients luxury Christmas presents.

We’ve had photos sent in from schools of their headmaster and have painted touching portraits that have been commissioned by the whole teaching staff as a joint Christmas gift. Oil paintings of chairmen, CEO’s, company directors and managers have all made the perfect business christmas gift.

Business Christmas Gift ideas

Email or post us a photograph

Business Christmas Gift Ideas

Oil portrait of the boss. Luxurious Christmas Gift Idea

Business Christmas Gift Ideas

Oil painting hand painted by Fabulous Masterpieces makes a special Christmas gift.

A one person portrait starts from £240, which includes VAT and delivery. To see a price list and more portrait examples, please click here.

Simply send us a photograph (by email or post) of the person(s) you would like to have painted with any instructions or ideas you may have and we’ll do the rest.

Please order by November 18th for a guaranteed Christmas delivery.

For more details please see the Commission a Portrait page.

Have a question?

We’d love to hear from you! Please contact us or leave a comment and we’ll get back to you straight away.

Bye for now

Anna x

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How to tell if art is a reproduction

1. Archival Evidence

Research Research Research…..

Woman reading

Archival Evidence

Doing some research and getting your hands on documents that provide information about the painting or its earliest owners is clearly a good step in assessing if the painting you have or are looking to buy is an original or an art reproduction. Having information about how your painting was made and the historical and artistic context in which it was created will really be able to help you.

2. Scientific Investigation

joseph wright philosopher giving that lecture

Scientific Examinations

If you look at your painting, try and think: “Is the appearance, texture and pattern consistent with the artwork’s proposed age”? The back and sides of a painting are also good sources of information and can tell professionals about dating and provenance and even geographic origin of the painting in question. Scientific techniques such as X-radiography and infrared radiation can also help.

3. Art Knowledge

franz hals portrait of willem

Knowledge is Power

Having knowledge of historic techniques is also very helpful in discerning whether you have an original painting or an art reproduction. For example, with Renaissance paintings the majority were painted on panels. So knowing that before the 18th century, wood panels used for painting were finished by hand  (the backs of the paintings can still exhibit traces of tools that were used to work the wood), as opposed to after the 18th century when  machine sawn panels were used; already gives you an indication of when the painting was produced.

4. Labels

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Most canvases and panels used for painting were prepared by specialist craftsmen as opposed to the actual artist and occasionally have labels or markings that identify the maker. To give you an example, wood panels produced in Brussels were frequently branded with the mark of the panel maker and city’s insignia, which can help you verify geographic origin and a rough date.

5. Colours



In any given era, artists have a common range of pigments at their disposal. And it is the method of using these pigments mixtures and applying paint that experts can observe differences between periods within the era .  A coloured ground in your  painting can determine your painting’s approximate date – If you think you have a have a fifteenth century painting for example, experts could tell if a pigment in it was a 21st century synthetic pigment and therefore it’s a pretty straight forward way to detect whether your painting is an original or art reproduction.

Are you interested in purchasing an art reproduction?

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If you would like some more  information on art replicas please visit the art reproduction page. Likewise, if you have a question or something to share please contact us or leave a comment.

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This is just a quick post today.  We have finally got permission from Channel 4 to show the T.V clip of George Clarke, presenter of the Restoration Man, unveiling  our portrait of Edward VIII on national television.  If you missed the show, now’s your chance to take a look.  If you’re interested in finding out the whole story of why Fabulous Masterpieces was asked to paint a portrait of Edward VIII and more about this huge restoration project click here

Did you know that the oil painting of Edward VIII is also our art reproduction of the month (July 2010)!

Edward VIII

Edward VIII by Fabulous Masterpieces

Have a question?

We’d love to hear from you! Please post a comment or email us on info@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk

Bye for now,

Anna x

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Our Painting of Edward VIII is Front Cover of The Duke & Duchess Windsor Historical Society Magazine!

A few months ago you would have seen Fabulous Masterpieces’ painting of Edward VIII being unveiled on Channel 4’s The Restoration Man.  We were commissioned by a couple who are currently restoring a huge mansion in Wales and asked to paint 6 oil paintings of historical figures who had actually stayed in the house ranging from great British Prime Ministers such as Churchill & Gladstone to royalty such as Queen Victoria and Edward VIII.   Fabulous Masterpieces’ painting of Edward VIII has now been picked up by The Duke & Duchess of Windsor Historical Society and is front page of their magazine!  To have a look please follow the link.

Fabulous Masterpieces’ Edward VIII Front Cover & Story!

If you’re interested there’s also the whole story of how the painting of Edward VIII came about with pictures of the house and our artist’s mock ups of Edward VIII.  It really is a good read!

What’s so special about Edward VIII?

Edward VIII (1894 -1972) is an interesting character as he actually abdicated the throne for love! He is also one of the shortest-reigning monarchs in British History (he was king for less than a year and was never crowned).  After Edward VIII’s abdication, he was titled Duke of Windsor. Our painting of Edward VIII was actually painted when he was Prince of Wales, he was officially granted that title in a special ceremony held in 1911.

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We’d love to hear from you! If you have a question please post a comment or email: info@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk

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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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