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For those of you who don't have a picture of an English queen hanging on your walls, whose portrait would you display, and why?

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@fitheach Well here's a poor snap of the Princess hanging in our lounge. The artist was a neighbour. The original canvas was huge - perhaps 3 metres across.

@fitheach Yeah, sorry. Must get a decent pic of the painting. The artist, Gordon Howard, kindly gave us the print when we left Cape Town.
He used to travel to the Kalahari & Namib and return with large numbers of slides, which he used as the basis for his paintings. Most were sold to corporate clients for lobbies, foyers, board rooms etc - they were huge, imposing canvasses.

@withaveeay
No apology required, just a wee joke.

I hope he had a long lens, I wouldn't want to be too close to the princess.

@fitheach My grandmother at the age of 16, picture from Studio Harcourt, Paris 😎

@VoronoV
Superb!
Monochrome, I presume. I bet it is a lovely photo.

Can you post an image?

@fitheach Picture from 1934-1936 I think (so she was 20 or 21, not 16) because Harcourt was founded in 1934 and that was before she met my grandfather. She was an opera singer for a few years before WW2.

(CW grandmother)

@VoronoV
Thanks for that.
A lovely photo, and your grandmother was beautiful.
The photo is less contrasty than the Harcourt portraits from the modern era. I wonder if that is a technical thing, or a style choice.

@VoronoV
Yes, could be.
The studio is famous for doing contrasty portraits of celebrities. Perhaps, this style started after the period when your grandmother was photographed.

studio-harcourt.com/portrait-p

@fitheach In my office at work I have a portrait of Schrödinger that I drew from a very small photograph. It is to remind me of my physicist roots.

@wim_v12e
Excellent!
You should def post a photo of the drawing.

@fitheach When I go back to my office, one day, I'll do that!

@wim_v12e
Apart from seeing students, are you able to work effectively from home?

@fitheach Even for seeing students. Everything we do is on line: teaching, labs. supervision, exams, admin, ...

@wim_v12e
I've done countless online meetings with audio and video. They aren't the same as face-to-face meetings. Lots of social interaction interaction is missing, like making the pre-meeting coffee. Consequently, building a relationship takes longer.

Maybe that's just me.

@fitheach It's not jut you, a lot of people feel that way. For integration of new colleagues it is definitely harder.
It also depends on your personality. I never liked face-to-face meetings much except for technical research meetings with one or two people.

@fitheach

I don't have a portrait the only picture which is apt is a print on a @davidrovics poster of blackbeard the pirate.

@Midder
"Lit his beard on fire..."
That's quite some comment/protest.

@davidrovics

@fitheach

IFAIK this is something Blackbeard did to during the boarding of ships to intimidate.

@Midder
He would need a few months, at least, between boardings.

@fitheach
My great great grandfather, Michael McGrath. He played for Hibernian when they first formed in 1875.
The original photograph is monochrome but my son added colour.

@wizardofosmium
Great photo.
Presumably, from a plate camera, as the image is so sharp.

I didn't realise that Hibs played in hoops, too.

My boy room at my parents' has Freddie Mercury on the wall. But he's an English Queen so that doesn't answer your question.

@fitheach Our Queen and Princess. 😍
But we don't have pictures of english royals hanging on walls here anyway. Ok, with exception of the UK Embassy... ;)

@bruno
"Our Queen and Princess"?
Who are they?

Legally, any embassy is part of the territory of the state in question.

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