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Commenting article: Duchess of Cambridge's First Official Portrait Proves Divisive

The Duchess of Cambridge's first official portrait was unveiled on Friday and though described by her as "amazing", it has elicited mixed reactions.

Kate's painting was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and, following her suggestion, depicts her natural, not official, persona.

Award-winning artist Paul Emsley created the large head and shoulders painting of the duchess set against his trademark dark background. Critics however fumed at the shadows and lines beneath her eyes, the coppery tinge of her hair and the fact that the Duchess is not pictured smiling.

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peterperfect - 12 Jan 2013 // 10:10:53

Lovely painting, if the Duchess is truly happy then who are the critics anyway. It seems to me that critics in any area waffle on and use many little used words just to prove how clever they are but, in many cases, what they thing and say is shot down by the public's reaction which is often totally opposite to that of the critics. Trouble with critics is the same as that with academics, they get so wrapped up in their own world the fail to see the big picture, they can't see the wood for the trees and loose a grip on the real world.

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BULERICAN - 12 Jan 2013 // 11:44:37

Peter, have you been drinking agaain ? This post is far from perfect !!! (see corrections below)

Lovely painting, if the Duchess is truly happy then who are the critics anyway. It seems to me that critics in any area waffle on and use many little used words just to prove how clever they are but, in many cases, what they thing (think) and say is shot down by the public's reaction which is often totally opposite to that of the critics. Trouble with critics is the same as that with academics, they get so wrapped up in their own world the fail to see the big picture, they can't see the wood (forest/woods) for the trees and loose (lose) a grip on the real world.

I expect better posts in the future !

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peterperfect - 13 Jan 2013 // 10:53:02

OK, but sentiment stands.