89183, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Friday January 11, 2013. The National Portrait Gallery commissions the first official painted portrait of The Duchess of Cambridge, where it was unveiled today in London, 2 days after Kate's 31st birthday. The Duchess was involved in the selection process, from which artist Paul Emsley, the 2007 winner of the Gallery's BP Portrait Award competition, was chosen by Director Sandy Nairne to paint her official portrait. Photograph: Â©PacificCoastNews.com **FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE** **E-TABLET/IPAD & MOBILE PHONE APP PUBLISHING REQUIRES ADDITIONAL FEES** LOS ANGELES OFFICE:+1 310 822 0419 LONDON OFFICE:+44 20 8090 4079
So this is what someone thinks Kate Middleton looks like …
… a smug, creepy, dead-eyed (and kind of bitchy looking) ghost.
Artist Paul Emsley unveiled the painting at London’s National Portrait Gallery Friday morning. Middleton sat for the portrait last year, and it took several months for Emsley to conjure up this rendering.
Middleton’s official opinion of her portrait is that it is “brilliant,” but behind closed doors the duchess is probably all like, “WTF?” We are, at least.
How did he dream up such a lifeless visage from this?
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