Ragtag Daily Prompt:Masterpiece

For several weeks, Her Majesty posed for the artist.  Under strict orders never to speak directly to the Queen, he had to tell her lady in waiting various requests for Her Majesty to lift her head, just a bit, or to fold her hands just so.  It was a barely tenable situation. On top of that, the Queen was in an advanced state of pregnancy, but he had been warned under no circumstances was he to portray his sovereign in anything other than glowing health, and no swelling of her belly.

“How am I to produce anything close to a masterpiece under these circumstances?” He cried pitifully to the Queen’s handmaiden.

Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

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