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Fan Art Friday: Downton Abbey

Fri Feb 6, 2015, 5:06 PM
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Stately suppers, shifty servants, and scandalous secrets. Welcome to Downton Abbey



WE’RE FULL SWING INTO THE 1920’S in the latest season of Downton and things just aren’t what they used to be. Technology is changing a mile a minute, fashion is being flipped on its head, the downstairs folks are sensing a change in the social order, and the Crawley’s are throwing a cocktail party. What’s a dowager to do?


While the show is a mixture of soap opera and costume drama, it has a foundation built on real events and people. From the set and decor to the actors’ mannerisms and costumes, the show’s production team strives to be as historically accurate as possible, paying close attention to the details of early 20th century aristocratic life. The set for Downton is an actual castle. Highclere Castle is in the rural hills of England and comes complete with its own real life Earl and Countess of Carnarvon who currently operate the estate. The castle has been home to the Carnarvon family since 1697.










Lady Almina, the Earl’s great grandmother, can be credited with inspiring Cora’s background.


A wealthy heiress with a large dowry, though from a less than ideal family background, Lady Almina was able to marry into becoming the fifth countess of Carnarvon. She was responsible for using her father’s money to transform the castle into a “modern day” estate, adding electricity and having a telephone line installed, a similar transition to the one Downton underwent.


Lady Almina’s husband and the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, George Herbert, was an amateur Egyptologist who financed the search for Tutankhamun’s tomb among other archeological expeditions. On November 4, 1922 alongside Howard Carter, Lord Carnarvon opened King Tut’s tomb to reveal the first intact tomb ever discovered and one of the greatest archeological finds in history. The find created a media frenzy and only intensified with the death of the Earl shortly after the discovery, leading to press speculation that the Pharaoh's curse had claimed his life. While there are no Egyptian adventures at Downton Abbey, there is a reference made to the discovery in Lord Grantham’s dogs being named Isis and Pharaoh.



Our favorite butler, Carson, also has a real life counterpart in the current butler at Highclere Castle.









Mr Carson Downton Abbey
by MagentaCats




Colin Edwards has served three generations of Earls and learned his trade directly from a butler to the Queen. While Highclere Castle didn’t serve as a recovery center for troops after WWII, it did serve as a hospital during WWI thanks to Lady Almina’s kindness. Tying closely to Sybil’s storyline, she also became a nurse helping injured patients who in return sent hundreds of letters thanking her for her hard work and generosity. After WWII it was converted by the Countess into a home for evacuated children.












Now for some scandal. Remember when the Turkish diplomat met an ill fate in Mary’s bed?


Well, something similar actually happened during that time period and was recorded in the diary of a great aunt of a family friend of Downton’s creator, Julian Fellowes. A diplomat was smuggled into a single young woman’s room where he died. He was then carried back to his room in a panic by the lady and the matron without waking anyone else. Fellowes refuses to reveal the identity of the family or the estate where the event happened, so the secret shall remain in real life as on Downton.


As we go deeper into season 5 it is rumored that Downton may potentially be closing it’s doors after season 6. So what better time to reminisce on the period drama. Whether it is Lady Grantham’s witty remarks, the beautiful costumes or the drama that keep you coming back for more, you’re certainly not alone. DeviantArtists share in the love of Downton Abbey, delighting us with fan art from the series.


So, get ready to dine with Lord Grantham and the Dowager Countess this evening. Dress in your finest formal wear, lest you upset Mr. Carson, and enjoy a night full of marvelous Downton Abbey fan art.














I love you Mr. Bates. I know it’s not ladylike to say it, but I’m not a lady and I don’t pretend to be.”


— Anna Smith










War has a way of distinguishing between the things that matter and the things that don’t.”


— Matthew Crawley










I hope you know that really smart people sleep in separate rooms.”


— Mary Crawley










Are you afraid someone will think you’re American if you speak openly?”


— Robert Crawley










Are you like everyone else in thinking that because she’s a countess she has acquired universal knowledge by divine intervention?”


— Isobel Crawley












Your Thoughts


  1. Who is your favorite Downton Abbey character and why?
  2. What would you like to see in future editions of Fan Art Friday?













Stately suppers, shifty servants, and scandalous secrets. Welcome to Downton Abbey. We’re full swing into the 1920’s in the latest season of Downton and things just aren’t what they used to be. Technology is changing a mile a minute, fashion is being flipped on its head, the downstairs folks are sensing a change in the social order, and the Crawley’s are throwing a cocktail party. What’s a dowager to do?

Written By: spotted


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RedAlchemist Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Sybil and Anna. Sybil because even though she was wealthy, she still cared about injustice and was the best woman in that entire house. I was so angry when she died, I considered to stop watching. Anna was my favorite because she speaks the truth and she's overall a really good person.
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MouraMoura Featured By Owner Edited Mar 26, 2015
Fantastic job to all the artists. 
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73SandyBee Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for featuring my sketch! What a wonderful job on this journal! 
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graywolf8899 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Great Job!! It's wonderful!
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FashionARTventures Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for featuring my deviation! I love Countess Violet Crawley and Lady Mary Crawley
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Soren1224 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow
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:iconnachan:
Nachan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Awesome! and thank you so much for the feature!!!
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anluci669 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
This has been so awesomely done!!! 
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ladystarsocks Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for including my artwork in this!  :)  Very flattered!
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x3uu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Thanks a lot for the feature, Downton Abbey is my favorite serie ♥
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LunaStarFighter Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
I love this series so much...and this art is just mindblowing. So much talent is here. Absolutely amazing.
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some-thing-blue Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
2. Walking dead!!! Fricking Tyrese man....it was too soon....
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:iconspotted:
spotted Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015   General Artist
oh tyrese :(
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:iconsome-thing-blue:
some-thing-blue Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Saddest premiere episode ever:(
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Catherine-PL Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW beautiful gallery! Thank you for featuring me here!
I love DavidDeb portraits and polkapills' Sybil is amazing too :)
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EmSeeAre Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
I have not watched enough Downton Abbey to have an opinion on it or any characters. I need to get over the fact that they had two men kissing in the first episode.
That show is the highest-rated show on PBS and has been filled up for underwriting opportunities for over 13 months. Perhaps I can give it another chance. Only thing is, I am not much for drama. I do love the sherlock series on pbs since I enjoy a good mystery series.
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syphonfilterarg Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Maggie Smith The Garden Secret 1993Hug  www.youtube.com/watch?…
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kadesha16 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Professor Mc gonagall
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dena-gray Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
!!thank you so much for showing my deviation! I'm flattered and honored! ^_^
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great collection :)
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Manizhe-Mehr Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
S😍 beautiful
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CatzBlax Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
1. You ask me to choose a fav.. Seriously? This whole family and their employees are in my heart. But okay, I got to chose? I would doubt between Bates or Matthew.. <3

2. ABOUT THE AVENGERSSSSS

Yes, I'm a proud Downton Abbey fan but either am i of Avengers. LETS BRING IT ON ^^
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EmSeeAre Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Too bad they killed Matthew off.
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CatzBlax Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep, I cried. I really cried.
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EmSeeAre Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
I have only seen one episode though.
Only reason I know about what happens in season 4 is because it came out around the time I started working at a pbs station.
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phoenixlovebach Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful
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valentinedayprepar20 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Women Preparation for the Valentine’s Day tutorial
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Jeffrey-Ri Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
How beautiful! 
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puzzledpixel Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
this is unbelievably awesome. the DA artists are unbelievably awesome!
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redstorm-lol1235 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I ACTUALLY THOUGHT THAT WAS A REAL PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!! 8o
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Andracus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
I didn't know downtown abbey before.
Guess it's time to learn about it.
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EmSeeAre Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
The only place I know of that you can watch it cheap is Amazon. Free streaming if you go prime.
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Andracus Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
thanks :)
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II-edison-II Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god! YESS! I love this! I will fav all my favourite ones!!! :la:
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jenepooh Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh my gosh!! I absolutely love Downton Abbey!! Love the artwork guys and gals!! 💜💜
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Elior93 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
AWSOME
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SuperStarSketcher Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing
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Mad-Margaret Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for featuring my Sherlock (Jeremy Brett).  Perhaps you ought to see my Maggie Smith, I've just painted her!
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spotted Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015   General Artist
Just checked her out- you did great job! She's now in my fav folder :)
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Mad-Margaret Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Teodora85 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for mentioned my deviation! I'm honored!!!!!:happybounce: 
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Anastasia122 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Beatuful collection 
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