James Christensen
The Royal Music Barque

The Royal Music Barque

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The Royal Music Barque
by James Christensen

2750 Signed and consecutively numbered
Image size: 19" x 19"    $375

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Published from the artist's original oil painting. Crafted with embossing, gold- and clear-foil stamping, and mezzotint textured foil technique.Clear-foil stamping makes the gems and filigree sparkle, and gold-foil stamping makes the royal flag and princess' hairband shine. A "mezzotint" textured foil technique gives the king's robe the proper look of royalty.


This piece has a little of the flavor of Handel's work. The ship, the instruments, and even the angel are based on things I've seen or researched, but I took off from there. The king's lion's-head lute is based on one I saw in the Victoria and Albert Museum music collection. The other characters are simply supporters of the music.

The mouse, playing a three-stringed ancestor of the violin, seemed to sit nicely in the crow's nest. He makes the whole thing diminutive, because I'm more willing to accept a little king than a gigantic mouse. The angel has butterfly wings, and the bird is simply listening ... or maybe doing vocals.

As for what happens next, I can only tell you a few things for sure. It's evening, they're up in the sky, and it's a very pleasant thing that's happening. From there, it's all up to you.  -James Christensen 

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barque, also bark  n   1. A sailing ship
with three to five masts, all of them square-rigged
except the after mast, which is fore-and-aft rigged.
2. A small sailing vessel.

  

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