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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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xX-Ciela-Xx 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.
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suburbanbeatnik Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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xX-Ciela-Xx Jan 2, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome.
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Its soooooo beautiful! I find the gowns of that kind very hard to draw.
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suburbanbeatnik Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It has taken a lot of practice for me to draw them! :)
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kenzieiscool 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.
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suburbanbeatnik 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.
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:iconginseng-cielo:
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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suburbanbeatnik May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Peggy and Andre were very interesting people! They deserve to be better known.

Was Andre's death referenced in "Sleepy Hollow"? I don't know-- I haven't seen that movie in ages.
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I think it was only in the book
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