The original 'The Secret of England’s Greatness' is a Victorian painting by the artist Thomas Jones Barker, it depicts Queen Victoria handing a bible to an African King. Behind her is her husband Prince Albert, and to the right are two previous prime-ministers. The dominant message in the piece is that England has a great gift to offer the world in the form of Christianity.
In this version, however, the original painting has been manipulated so that its royal figures are replaced with modern day alternatives; politicians kneel down to pop stars, mocking contemporary values in a time where it feels as though the X-factor can garner more national interest than our general own elections. Moreover, instead of having a spiritual gift to offer, the bible is replaced by a Chanel bag, a modern day status symbol and target of idolisation.
Both the original and high quality limited edition Giclee prints of this piece are available to order; prints are limited to an edition of 25 and cost £100. Please specify which you would like to purchase using the drop-down menu.
The original artwork will be signed and supplied with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist Twinkle Troughton. Limited edition prints will be also be signed as well as numbered by the artist.
Size: 105cm x 85cm
Size of print: 42cm x 59.4cm
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