Goddess of Mayhem

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Amputee Venus, 20x20” oil on linen - Arabella Proffer
Margot

She was described by one artist as a symbolic fortress of inaccessible temperance, despite the fact she was the mistress of an Earl who had plucked her from the city streets. During a country house New Year’s celebration she was injured during a fireworks display when attempting to bring champagne to the pyrotech master; her foot had blown off, completely. For her blood to be calm the surgeons waited until the following spring to saw away the infection that had engulfed her leg. In this portrait historié she is portrayed as Venus; her triumphant progress framed by the sumptuary surroundings assured to her by the duke. Even with tinctures of ginger, opium, and doses of brandy, the shock and infection wore on and she met her demise within months. The duke, ever sentimental, commissioned an 18k solid gold replica of her foot. He used it as a paper weight. 

Amputee Venus, 20x20” oil on linen - Arabella Proffer

Margot

She was described by one artist as a symbolic fortress of inaccessible temperance, despite the fact she was the mistress of an Earl who had plucked her from the city streets. During a country house New Year’s celebration she was injured during a fireworks display when attempting to bring champagne to the pyrotech master; her foot had blown off, completely. For her blood to be calm the surgeons waited until the following spring to saw away the infection that had engulfed her leg. In this portrait historié she is portrayed as Venus; her triumphant progress framed by the sumptuary surroundings assured to her by the duke. Even with tinctures of ginger, opium, and doses of brandy, the shock and infection wore on and she met her demise within months. The duke, ever sentimental, commissioned an 18k solid gold replica of her foot. He used it as a paper weight. 

Arthur Devis, portrait of 9th Earl of Lincoln and his family

Arthur Devis, portrait of 9th Earl of Lincoln and his family

Veil #2, 20x20” oil on linen. - Arabella Proffer

Veil #2, 20x20” oil on linen. - Arabella Proffer

by Jan Claesz, 1609

by Jan Claesz, 1609

"Ocular Prosthesis" 20x20" oil on linen.
Evina
 Born into a family of exalted caste – the daughter of a minor prince – she was a supreme egocentric, and repented in opulent leisure pursuits such as hunting or riding the finest horses. Her favorite stallion, aptly named Fury, was white with a tail she had painted red. When her right eye was crushed due to a riding accident, only the best tools and surgeon were brought in to save it. When she found the fine Venetian glass eye was ill fitting, she had her lid sewn shut in a fit of desperation. Unchastened, she rebounded in society and even carried her glass eye with her, “to keep an eye on would be foes” and to scare small children. 
- Arabella Proffer

"Ocular Prosthesis" 20x20" oil on linen.

Evina

 Born into a family of exalted caste – the daughter of a minor prince – she was a supreme egocentric, and repented in opulent leisure pursuits such as hunting or riding the finest horses. Her favorite stallion, aptly named Fury, was white with a tail she had painted red. When her right eye was crushed due to a riding accident, only the best tools and surgeon were brought in to save it. When she found the fine Venetian glass eye was ill fitting, she had her lid sewn shut in a fit of desperation. Unchastened, she rebounded in society and even carried her glass eye with her, “to keep an eye on would be foes” and to scare small children. 

- Arabella Proffer

Family of Lord Windsor, 1568

Family of Lord Windsor, 1568

Portrait of a Girl, 1599 (unknown)

Portrait of a Girl, 1599 (unknown)