The Official Painting: Well?

Everyone’s a critic and there is no shortage of them when it comes to the Duchess of Cambridge’s first official portrait. The artist, Paul Emsley, was chosen by the National Portrait Gallery’s Director, Sandy Nairne. The Duchess was also involved in the selection. The Duchess sat twice for the artist; it took three months to complete and was created using thin layers of oil and glazes.

Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton Official Portrait

Emsley is known for his attention to detail, shown both in his chalk drawing of Nelson Mandela and his oil on canvas of his neighbor, Michael Simpson.  So what do you think? Is the criticism warranted?


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