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A pair of painted Beautiful Monsters. Beautiful Monster paintings always look you in the eye, are always life size and are always smiling. Left:"Mrs Nell Van Bi Dyck (flourished London, 1684) as Fortuna". Right:"Isabel de Velasco, Maid of Honour, as a Monster, after Picasso, after Velazquez". Canvas dimensions: 24x18 inches (60.9x45.7cm) each. Both completed 2018.

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Left:"Dame Britannica Hollandia (flourished London, 1684) as Little Bo-Peep". Right:"Donna Maria Augustina Sarmiento, Maid of Honour, as a Monster, after Picasso, after Velazquez". Canvas dimensions: 24x18 inches (60.9x45.7cm) each. Both completed 2016.

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Left: (Verso inscription) "John Cottington 'Mul-Sack'. Executed at Smithfield Round in 1655, aged forty-five years." Right: (Verso inscription) "Mary Frith, died 1664. 'Moll Cutpurse' ""...here she lies till then, / When, truly, you'll see her again."" Both oil on linen. Canvas dimensions: 24x18 inches (60.9x45.7cm) each. Completed 2013.

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Left: "'Swift Nick' Nevison, executed at York, 1684" Right: (Verso inscription) "He's not Robin Hood - he's Robert Hod!" Both oil on linen. Canvas dimensions: 24x18 inches (60.9x45.7cm) each. Completed 2014.

"The Apotheosis of Swift Nick Nevison" or "Posthumous Portrait of H.M. Charles II, of England, Scotland and Ireland". Oil on linen. Canvas dimensions: 42x36 inches (107x91.5cm). Completed 2014.

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Life drawings in preparation for "Beautiful Beach Monster paintings". Left: "Five Eyes" Right: "Head Freize". Both charcoal, conté and pastel on paper. 24x18 inches (60.9x45.7cm) each. Completed 2018.

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Life drawings in preparation for "Beautiful Beach Monster paintings". Left: "Ribs" Right: "Thumbs Up!". Both charcoal, conté and pastel on paper. 24x18 inches (60.9x45.7cm) each. Completed 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our first featured Beautiful Monster is the C17th reprobate terror of the highways, John Cottington 'Mul-Sack'. The extract below is from Ranger Thomas' forthcoming publication 'Apotheosis or A History of the Apotheosis of the Highwayman', and begins with the voice of a fellow C17th highwayman - Swift Nick Nevison - another Beautiful Monster soon to be featured here...

                                                            

  •               Verso inscription reads: "John Cottington 'Mul-Sack' Executed at Smithfield Round in 1655, aged forty-five years." Oil on canvas. Canvas dimensions 18x24 in. (45.6x60.9 cm). Completed April 2014.

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