‘Oh great, she’s drawing me’: Court artist on Ghislaine Maxwell sketching her back

Portrait, the biggest-selling of all time, depicts Maxwell, mother of playboy publisher Robert Maxwell, as a glamorous socialite ‘Oh great, she’s drawing me’: Court artist on Ghislaine Maxwell sketching her back The court artist…

'Oh great, she's drawing me': Court artist on Ghislaine Maxwell sketching her back

Portrait, the biggest-selling of all time, depicts Maxwell, mother of playboy publisher Robert Maxwell, as a glamorous socialite

‘Oh great, she’s drawing me’: Court artist on Ghislaine Maxwell sketching her back

The court artist to Donald Trump described feeling “lucky” the Queen’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell was behind the drawing of her in a background sketch for a major paintings auction in January, describing her as a “name”.

The winner of a prize for the largest painting at Christie’s London sale was Ramesh Adlakha, 58, for his £347,250 ($496,000) portrait of Ghislaine Maxwell, mother of playboy publisher Robert Maxwell.

The artist said Maxwell, her previous client, made it clear she would be in the background.

“I did have to make a conscious decision to make her look so utterly non-threatening, but it did have to be so easy for me because, really, the background is a huge drawing of the Duchess of Windsor, so we have not got a lot to go on,” she said.

“I was lucky because her name came up during the auction,” she told the Times. “Of course I was aware of her reputation but I was surprised to hear it would be the only portrait that would be left.

“The thing with Mrs Maxwell is, apart from being the wife of a journalist, well-known in her own right, she was an extremely well-educated and cultured young woman and we worked together for three years.

“She was very happy to do things as quickly as possible, and she would say things like, ‘Oh, you’re so lucky I’m drawing you’, or, ‘Oh great, I’m drawing me’.”

Maxwell, 85, was a peer but was ousted from her seat in the House of Lords when she married Maxwell, the father of her four children, in 1987.

Maxwell died of kidney failure in 2010.

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