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'Shady Lady' to take pride of place on Queen's estate

Published date: 20 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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 A PHOTOGRAPH of a cow wearing a sunhat has wound up as a painting, a copy of which has been sent to the Balmoral Estate.

Mike Stenson, from Holt, was at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells, Powys, in 2012 when he saw a cow wearing a sunhat, and took a photograph of it.

Mr Stenson, who lives on Cross Street, then commissioned artist Caroline Lewis, from York, who he had met at an exhibition, to copy his photograph for a painting to hang in his house.

The pastel painting called ‘Shady Lady’ was framed by Philip Jones, of Eyton Framers, who also made a limited amount of copies.

Mr Stenson, 72, said: “The detail on this painting is incredible, from the detail on the skin to the eyelashes – it’s brilliant and I love having it hanging on my wall at home.

“When I took the picture and saw it at home I knew it had artistic potential, and so it has proved. That cow was so different to every other one there and not like any other I have seen.”

When he was reading a national newspaper on February 2, Mr Stenson read that the Queen had bought Scotland’s former champion breeding bull for the Royal Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire.

Mr Stenson thought the bull, named Jock, would like to have a ‘partner’.

A letter was sent to the Balmoral Estate and Mr Stenson received a reply thanking him for his letter adding they were interested in the painting, a copy of which was duly sent.

The original still hangs in Mr Stenson’s home, but he said: “To think a copy is to be hung somewhere in Balmoral is incredible.

“It is interesting to think the Queen could be walking around the estate and just have a look at the picture I took one day in Builth Wells.”

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