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American Rococo by suburbanbeatnik American Rococo by suburbanbeatnik
These are two of my favorite people from the American Revolution- Peggy Shippen, the glamorous and fun-loving Tory socialite that fell in love with Benedict Arnold, and Major John André, artist, soldier and spy for His Majesty, King George. Here are the two of them in happier days, when the British occupied Philadelphia through 1777-1778. They're in the garden of the City Tavern, with Peggy exclaiming over her fashionable new 'do and André sketching her.

I was inspired to do this painting, sort of, by remembering what a hatchet job both Peggy and André got in Ann Rinaldi's lousy YA novel, "Finishing Becca." In that book, Peggy- portrayed as a cross between Hitler and Paris Hilton- was forever breaking expensive doodads and pitching screaming hissy fits, and was described as "evil" by the Patriot heroine of the book. André, meanwhile, was like a cousin to the wicked Marquis St. Evrémonde in "Tale of Two Cities," the guy who kept running over peasant kids in his coach; he fiddles while Rome burns, so to speak, by planning parties and balls, and he tries to rape our heroine once or twice. Someday, I'm going to do my own book (illustrated, of course!) about Peggy and André... they deserve better!
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Obiwanlives4ever Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
I appreciate the effort you've put into portraying these two. While I don't know either of them, it always irks me when many historical conflicts (excepting things like genocide, of course) are portrayed in an entirely black-and-white light, especially something like the American Revolution. A character can be on a different 'side' as the main character without being portrayed as a total psycho; and I'll admit, I cringed when I read how the author of this novel felt a real-life person had to be degraded to "a cross between Hitler and Paris Hilton" just to show that "she's the bad guy!!!1"
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, don't read Ann Rinaldi's Finishing Becca. It's a pretty awful depiction of the time period; plus Andre is reduced to a mustache-twirling victim.

On the other hand, Donna Thorland's The Turncoat is great! Highly recommended. :)
xX-Ciela-Xx Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Writer
I don't know much about either person, but you certainly did them justice with your painting. You've sparked my interest in learning about the other side of my country's revolution. So many interesting people to discover and learn from throughout history of all different nationalities, races, and opinions.
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
xX-Ciela-Xx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome.
CobraBasket Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Its soooooo beautiful! I find the gowns of that kind very hard to draw.
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It has taken a lot of practice for me to draw them! :)
kenzieiscool Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am crazy about the colors and the lines in this! And youknow I'm history nerd when I saw that picture and I knew who the two were! You did an excellent job capturing their likeness.
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks! That's cool you recognized them-- it seems that a lot of people don't know who they are, which is too bad.
Ginseng-Cielo Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
I love this, it's really beautiful. I also like that you referenced Tale of Two Cities in your description!
Was André the person whose death was referenced in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?
This picture makes me want to research them, they sound really interesting!
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