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Following widespread ridicule of Paul Emsley’s first royal portrait, the artist opted to capture the Duchess of Cambridge one last time and revealed the second royal portrait late last week, but isn't letting anyone see it.
The Duchess and her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, were very happy with the first portrait. However, since the unveiling it has not been well received by the public. Many criticized the portrait, calling Emsley’s professionalism into question. The public outcry centered on the Duchess' appearance, claiming he had “aged” her well past her thirty-one years.
The artist has recently spoken out about negative claims. “I did not deliberately age her or anything like that. I wanted it to be an authentic record, but it’s very easy to put in more shadows and things than are perfectly necessary, and I haven’t done that. I’ve tried to record, in a polite way, what I regard as her natural beauty,” he explained to The Washington Post.
Now, E! News reported that Emsley has painted another portrait following the negative reviews. The second portrait has since been revealed.
Since Emsley has revealed the second portrait, he will not allow anyone to photograph it. He states, “There's a quotation an American friend of mine, the wife of an American artist, sent me in support. When Picasso was told his portrait of Gertrude Stein did not look like her, his response was, 'It will.' People will become acclimatized over time to something which is not something that they were expecting."