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17th Century Old Master paintings and sumptuous Jacobean styled costumes are some of the associations had and the inspiration for a series of paintings by Sophie Ploeg, displayed at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the BP Portrait Award 2014 exhibition.

After winning the BP Travel Award in 2013 I set out to research how lace and fabrics were represented in early 17th century portraiture. Inspired, I created a series of 10 new paintings which tries to connect women and style from the early 17th century with women of today. My book tells the story of her year and catalogues the paintings.

Some images of the BP Portrait Award 2014 and my display of works within it. Click for enlargement.

Sophie Ploeg Blog BP Portrait Award 2014

Nigel Havers at the opening of the BP Portrait Award 2014

Sophie Ploeg Blog BP Portrait Award 2014

Director Sandy Nairne opens the BP Portrait Award 2014

At the private view of the BP Portrait Award 2014. National Portrait Gallery, London

Sophie Ploeg Blog BP Portrait Award 2014

David Kassan, Letter to my Mom, oil, 3rd prize winner

Sophie Ploeg Blog BP Portrait Award 2014

BP Portrait Award 2014, National Portrait Gallery, London

Sophie Ploeg Blog BP Portrait Award 2014

BP Portrait Award 2014, National Portrait Gallery, London

Sophie Ploeg Blog BP Portrait Award 2014

BP Portrait Award 2014, National Portrait Gallery, London

Sophie Ploeg BP Portrait Award

National Portrait Gallery, London. BP Portrait Award 2014

Sophie Ploeg Blog, BP Portrait Award 2014

BP Portrait Award 2014. Travel Award info

Sophie Ploeg Blog, BP Portrait Award 2014

BP Portrait Award 2014. BP Travel Award works by Sophie Ploeg

National Portrait Gallery, Sophie Ploeg, BP Portrait Award. Photo: K. Tyrrell

At the BP Portrait Award 2014, National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo: K. Tyrrell

Sophie Ploeg Blog BP Portrait Award 2014

with BP Portrait Award 3rd and 2nd prize winners David Kassan and Richard Twose

My book ‘The Lace Trail’ for sale in the National Portrait Gallery book shop

About the author

Sophie is an artist, art historian, tutor, author and blogger. She writes on oil and pastel painting, art history and the life of an artist. She paints portraits and still life and specialises in painting drapery and lace.

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