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An art trade with TheBrassGlass. These two don't show up in my romantic historical WIP, The Captive Heiress, but it's such an intriguing story that it captured my imagination. There's a lot of tantalizing circumstantial evidence that famous revolutionary Saint-Just, the so-called "Angel of Death," had a long-standing liaison with his married childhood friend, notary's daughter Thérèse Gellé. (Here's a pretty good-run down of the evidence, such as it is. lajacobine.tumblr.com/post/710… ) There's no existing portrait of Thérèse left, but Lenotre in "Romances of the French Revolution" -archive.org/details/romancesof… - describes her as "fair and freckled," so I ran with that.

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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Is that... good? ;P
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Axel-von-Fersen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Wonderful drawing, Joanne.  Now that you are revisiting the French Revolution era, perhaps I can get you to do Marie Antoinette and Count Fersen at Trianon and perhaps too a caricature of the Flight to Varennes. - Axel's wish list *grinz* 
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
Yes, the tension is wonderful here. They are exercising so much restraint, and I love the hint of sadness in her face. Just perfect.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm really happy with how it turned out. If anyone wants to do a digital coloring of this, I'm open... ;) 
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Mornetix Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
you draw insanly quick. i love it. 
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I try. :)
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janey-jane Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016
there's such a lovely tension in this pose! i want them to kiss, haha...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes... that's the next thing that's going to happen, presumably. And then, for total romantic cheez, let's put this song on the playlist... www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cyo7u…
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