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Details of the Queen Maud 'mouse' painting

Here are some photographs of the details of the Queen Maud's 'mouse' portrait - Hover the mouse over the image to see the text details or click here to go to the paintings stats page.

'Queen Maud - the 'Mouse' portrait' - One of our cats style of Queen Elizabeth the first's 'Ermine' portrait. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse
The whole painting.
Close-up of the eye on the right. The reflection from the back of the lens gives the lens depth. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse Close-up of the nose, showing overall shaping of the nose and mouth. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse
Close-up of the eye on the right. The reflection from the back of the lens gives the lens depth. The darker block on the right hand side of the eye is natural pigmentation in this cat - her brother had the same mark. Close-up of the nose, showing overall shaping of the nose and mouth - the ginger fleck at the tntrance to the nostril on the left is colouration on the cat which is predominantly black with small areas of tortoiseshell such as the eyebrows and the patch on the neck.
Detail of the area to the right of the nose, showing highlights on the fur as highlights on the hairs. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse Detail of the area above the nose showing the same type of highlighting. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse
Detail of the area to the right of the nose, showing highlights on the fur as highlights on the hairs. Detail of the area above the nose showing the same type of highlighting.
Detail of the tortoiseshell patch on the neck, just above the ruff - this is built up from biscuit ginger and dark ginger to make the tabby stripes on that area. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse Detail of the Damask cloth with the gold embelishments as part of the pattern. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse
Detail of the tortoiseshell patch on the neck, just above the ruff - this is built up from biscuit ginger and dark ginger to make the tabby stripes on that area. Detail of the Damask cloth with the gold embelishments as part of the pattern.
Detail of the gold and jewelled front, showing a sapphire and gold-work. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse More of the jewellry showing rubys, emeralds and pearls. The ruby and sapphires alternate as they go down the garment. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse
Detail of the gold and jewelled front, showing a sapphire and some gold-work. To give you an idea of the scale of this, the whole of this close-up image is only 20mm high, the sapphire is 2.2mm high and the gold protrusion in the centre that points slightly upwards to the right is only 0.8mm wide - the darker golden line separating it from its neighbour at its base being only 130 microns wide. At some point, it all becomes rather impressionistic and with this type of painting you need to get a bit closer than normal viewing distance to see it. More of the jewellry showing rubys, emeralds and pearls. The ruby and sapphires alternate as they go down the garment. In this painting, the pearls are all white whereas in the ER ermine portrait, all of the pearls are black - I opted to go for white because the cat has a black face whereas ER was white (lead carbonate white, in fact)
Triangular stone with three large rectangular rubys laying along the sides and emeralds at each corner. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse Details of the lace cuff on the right, showing gold trim. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse
Triangular stone with three large rectangular rubys laying along the sides and emeralds at each corner. In the ER painting, the central stone is a diamond and there are black perls in each corner. Details of the lace cuff on the right, showing gold trim.
The mouse eating a blackberry - instead of an ermine crawling up her sleeve. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse Detail of the blackberries showing the colouration in the unripe and ripening berries. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse
The mouse eating a blackberry - instead of an ermine crawling up her sleeve. Detail of the blackberries showing the colouration in the unripe and ripening berries.
Detail of the mouse's front left paw, showing red glaze. You can also see more detail of how the ripe blackberries were painted. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse The mouse's fur on its back, showing how the impression of lots of little hairs is made. Copyright (c)2015 Paul Alan Grosse
Detail of the mouse's front left paw, showing red glaze. You can also see more detail of how the ripe blackberries were painted. The mouse's fur on its back, showing how the impression of lots of little hairs is made.


All images and original artwork Copyright ©2015 Paul Alan Grosse.


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