Dagmar van Weeghel, ‘Queen’, 2016, The Public House of Art

Queen is yet another portrait with which Dagmar van Weeghel honours Sarah Forbes Bonetta, the African orphaned girl who was taken to England in the 19th C as a gift for Queen Victoria. As Sarah must have struggled with different identities, cultures, absence of family and traditions, Dagmar felt that she was destined to feel detached and alone, which is actually clearly visible in Sarah's historic photographs. Other 19th C portraits of Sarah however, show an incredible power and pride. It is this shattering feeling of loneliness combined with the power of the African Princess that Dagmar has recreated in an absolutely stunning way.

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