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American Rococo by suburbanbeatnik American Rococo by suburbanbeatnik
These are two of my favorite people from the American Revolution- Peggy Shippen, the glamorous and fun-loving Tory socialite that fell in love with Benedict Arnold, and Major John André, artist, soldier and spy for His Majesty, King George. Here are the two of them in happier days, when the British occupied Philadelphia through 1777-1778. They're in the garden of the City Tavern, with Peggy exclaiming over her fashionable new 'do and André sketching her.

I was inspired to do this painting, sort of, by remembering what a hatchet job both Peggy and André got in Ann Rinaldi's lousy YA novel, "Finishing Becca." In that book, Peggy- portrayed as a cross between Hitler and Paris Hilton- was forever breaking expensive doodads and pitching screaming hissy fits, and was described as "evil" by the Patriot heroine of the book. André, meanwhile, was like a cousin to the wicked Marquis St. Evrémonde in "Tale of Two Cities," the guy who kept running over peasant kids in his coach; he fiddles while Rome burns, so to speak, by planning parties and balls, and he tries to rape our heroine once or twice. Someday, I'm going to do my own book (illustrated, of course!) about Peggy and André... they deserve better!
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ProfRasah Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
Actually, the true story of Major Andre is much sadder....He was staying with a Patriot family and the daughter there, who had fallen in love with the Major, had to choose between him or her and her entire family's cause...She chosed Country. That's how he was caught as a spy.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not quite sure what you mean, and I've read several biographies about Andre. However, I'm glad you like the picture.
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ProfRasah Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
I might be wrong about who it was, because I haven't heard about it in awhile. But it's a true story.
There's a museum somewhere in New Jersey or New York dedicated to the Patriot family. The town his unit was occupying had known that this was a family with patriotic sympathies, and so they had their headquarters station in the home to keep an eye on them. You know, the Quartering Act.
The daughter discovered papers that would be used to defeat the Americans (like military maps and suppliers) that Andre had put away, and so she took them and became an informat for the other side.
I saw the story being told in a documentary once.
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Atenea217 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
omg.. this is so beautiful.. i love his face watching hers..
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SSPirate Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work! The details and colour on Peggy's dress is fantastic! I REALLY love her pouf. Awesome work there! Same goes for John. The uniform is outstanding.
I think a full image would be great, but the way they're poking out of the frame you have is very neat.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I made a point of showing that Peggy's coiffure was made from her own blond hair, powdered and ratted up and supplemented with hairpieces and lard. It probably took her hairdresser hours to get that thing up. That's why she's so thrilled, and showing it to John. (He actually sketched her a number of times with similar hairdos.)
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SSPirate Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh geez, I'm always amazing at how huge and elaborate those hairdoes could get! I can'timagine the migraines those things would enduce.. but oh my, they are always so beautiful. If I had huge hair like that, I would show it off too! ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
They probably tried to make the structure of the hair as light as possible. I can't remember if they used wire or pillows to add the height....? I don't remember. But even the slightest bit of added weight to the cranium would hurt. *winces at the thought of it*
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
You have managed to draw my two favourite people from the American Revolution - the glamorous Peggy Shippen and Major John André, the spy for His Majesty, King George.

I really love the idea of these two people together. You have made them look just like I have always imagined them.

They deserve better than the hatchet job they got in Ann Rinaldi's novel, "Finishing Becca." I was so angry when I read the novel. Maybe one day I will have to write my own book about them.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow- so you really read "Finishing Becca," huh? That book sooooo sucked. I didn't know it was available in Denmark. Lucky, lucky you!

If you can get a hold of Lois Duncan's "Peggy," that's worth reading. Another good book is John Ensor Harr's "Dark Eagle," which is about Benedict Arnold, but has a lot in it about Peggy, with an unforgettable scene set during the Meschianza. Unfortunately, Harr portrays Andre as flamingly gay, having a hot n' heavy affair with Clinton. (Or was it Howe?) Man, that sure isn't an image I want to stick in my mind!
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Yeah, I really hated that book! I will look into the books you have mentioned.

Ha,ha! So you don't like the thought of our dear Andre being the lover of General Henry Clinton? He was a very handsome man, though. They both were. I know some historians have talked about the possibility of Major John Andre being gay. I don't know what the truth is but I kind of like both ideas - Peggy/Andre and Clinton/Andre. But I have always been known among my fellow historian students to be somewhat scandalous!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh- I realized that Clinton was a hottie when I looked him up on wikipedia. However, I don't remember Andre's boyfriend (whoever he was) in the Harr book being portrayed as handsome- I seem to remember him being portrayed as a typical paunchy British officer in a wig. I can believe that Andre was bi, but Harr depicts him more like a stereotypical latter-day Edward II than the Andre we know and love.

That said, I still liked the book- mainly because it wasn't glorified pro Patriot crap churned out by authors like Rinaldi. ;P
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Yes, that painting displayed on wikipedia is a very good one (he really is a hottie)!

I'm glad you liked the book. And I also think that Andre was bi. After all he seemed to be interested in Peggy but I could also very easily believe the historians who claim he was involved with Clinton. They would make a good picture for one of your next portraits wouldn't you say?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe, but only if I got some cold hard cash. ;P I'm soooo broke now it's not even funny...
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Would it be possible for me to ask you to do a commission for me of Major John Andre and General Henry Clinton? At the time I'm a little broke too, but when I get some money saved I would really love to commission you. How much would you take for a coloured drawing of the two of them together? And are there some things you would like cleared up as concerned to the composition of the picture?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It would be more than possible! :) How big would you like it, and by colored drawing, do you mean something painted, or something done with colored pencils?

Re: composition, I would rather have the two fellas in question fully clothed, given the fact that their uniforms are so spiffy.
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lady-librarian Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
Oh lovely! I'm quite an American Revolution history buff. I actually have two friends who reenact as Peggy Shippen and Benadict Arnold- and they are a couple in real life as well. :D

Love this!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so cool! Do you have any pictures?
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lady-librarian Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Not yet, but eventually I will!
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Niide Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
Oh boy, I like the way you use colours!
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whitebunny1063 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
I can't wait to read your book when it comes out.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
If it ever does come out... ;P I've shelved the project for the time being. Sorry!
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whitebunny1063 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
It's alright.
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whitebunny1063 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007
You did a great on both of them especially with Mr.Andre.:D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Isn't he adorable? :)
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whitebunny1063 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
He is so cute.:D
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starlight-mustang Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007   Traditional Artist
This is traditional? Woah, you did an amazing job on this one!! Details and shading are gorgeous, and I love their expressions...specially Andre's X3
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Andre is adorable, isn't he? :D
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okuko Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
You have a very interesting and fresh style to draw! I think I'm going to watch you! ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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882Pieces Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
WOah.Now I have to read it!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I think I made it sound more entertaining than it actually is... :P
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882Pieces Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2007
eh.I dun care!!!!!! :wOOt:
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steelsheen Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
HO WOW. I think this is the best American Revolution art I've ever seen... actually, I haven't seen much. :P But this is still absolutely amazing. In the style of that era, too.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's an interesting era, served badly by the likes of "Johnny Tremaine" and "Liberty's Kids"- gah. I do think Major Andre and Peggy Shippen need more love... :love:
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steelsheen Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
Hehehe, I think Liberty's Kids is funny. But I do kind of cry out in pain when they do things like ride on the back of Paul Revere's horse. Yeah, that'd be fine – wouldn't slow him down or anything! Hop right on!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahahahah!!! Yeah, that's Liberty's Kids all right!!
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
Amazing coloring! This is stunning. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I like the beautiful warm tones you used in this picture and the wonderful textures of the background scenery, and their clothes. The clothes came out great, I like all the folds of the dress. She is very beautiful, btw.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Your own art is so beautiful (esp. your Salome pic!), I am really flattered that you'd like my work. :D
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princessshiny Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007
Hitler and Paris' futuristic love child in reverse, i see! ha! Coolios. I :heart: the drawing!!! If it where a person, i'd hug it!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. (The drawing hugs you back!) :glomp:
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Mistress-D Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007
My gosh, I could seriously get lost in this peice. There's so much detail and so much color! <3 Completely fantastic, mate.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Redcoats rule! *looks both ways, to see if John Adams is anywhere in the vicinity... then breathes a sigh of relief*

Now, I'll watch you if you watch me! How does that sound? :)
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Doxhoont Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Holy crow do I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Peggy Shippen wished she looked this great!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) So, you're an American Rev fan, then? And you don't have a high opinion of La Belle Peggy's appearance? ;P
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Doxhoont Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
Nooooo no no no I LOVE Peggy's appearance. I guess I gave the wrong indication. [link] Heck Yeah I am an Am Rev Fan - click on the link to see why!
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