Official Portrait of Her Imperial Highness Lucretia Kling, By the Grace of Darwin, Empress of America and Suzerain of the Kingdom of Mexico; better known as the Wealth Portrait or the Mandeville Portrait or the Segerstrom Portrait.

Hey all. Here is another work in progress of the piece I was working on recently. I'll post the finished piece next week (hopefully). Here is the first installation of the information that goes with the picture:

...The famous Wealth Portrait, also known as the Mandeville Portrait or the Segerstrom Portrait, is thought to have been painted between the years 2854 and 2859 by renowned Río de la Plata printmaker and painter Joaquín Breccia López padre. It was likely commissioned by William Clark Cooper, Earl of Norwalk, during his time commanding Imperial American forces fighting in the Cisplatine Rebellion. López was most famous as a printmaker who manufactured anti-Imperial Brazilian pamphlets during the rebellion, and was at that time living in Salto-Concordia, part of the City States of the Río de la Plata but at that time occupied by the Brazilian Empire. Therefore the portrait, like many of its contemporaries, was not painted from life. The setting of the painting was originally thought to be that of Segerstrom Abbey, a manorial house in the Costa Mesa District, then part of the Earldom of Orange County, which had formerly been a monastery of the Church of Universal Materialism, but which had been confiscated by Emperor Charles Duke and sold to a member of the merchant aristocracy, and eventually to the Kling family. It is from this identification that the painting gains its name of the Segerstrom Portrait. However more recent scholarship has identified the location as being Mandeville Hall, part of the historical Manor of Mandeville Canyon, part of the Duchy of Brentwood, which at that time was owned by William Clark Cooper, Earl of Norwalk. This conclusion is based on the presence behind the Empress’ chair of a frieze known to historians as The Apotheosis of Empress Rose Axson at the Battle of San Quintín; a frieze which is now lost but which is recorded as having been located at Mandeville Hall. However, the identification is uncertain...

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