My Oil Paintings

My Parents

My parents, Horace and Gwyneth Drake,

to whom I owe everything. I’ve created an open-access website for my father’s life story:

https://www.horacedrake.com

Moments in Time

Article 50 signing (Theresa May)

This painting captures an iconic moment in British History with former Prime Minister Theresa May (2016-2019) signing the letter which signalled Britain’s departure from the EU. This does not imply a political view on Brexit either for or against. I also did a portrait (see below) for former Commons Speaker John Bercow, who is well known for his commentary around Brexit

Sale of the Century (Salvador Mundi)

An iconic moment in art auction history, when Christie’s President Jussi Pylkkänen sold Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi for a record world price of $450 million.

Trudi Kemp

Wife of the Head of Medical at the Rugby Football Union. After having a stroke and being in a coma for several months, she happily made a good recovery and started playing clarinet for the first time in twenty years.

Wimbledon Moment (Royal Box 2018)

An iconic moment in the Royal Box of Wimbledon in 2018 with the Duchess of Cambridge

Personalities

Gordon Brown

British Prime Minister 2007-2010, captured here in a light moment.

Lord Winston

Lord Winston is a British scientist. He developed techniques to improve fertility treatment.

Nicola Benedetti

Benedetti is one of the most influential violinists of her generation.

Arsène Wenger 

Celebrated and long-serving manager of Arsenal from 1998 to 2018.  

Andy Murray

The British winner of Wimbledon after a gap of 77 years since Fred Perry in 1936. A three-time Grand Slam winner and two-time Olympic champion. 

JK Rowling

Author of the iconic Harry Potter series which has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide.

Bill Beaumont

Former Rugby player and currently President of World Rugby.

David Dein

Former Arsenal co-owner and one of the main architects in the creation of the Premier League. He brought Arsène Wenger to Arsenal in 1996.

Francois Pinault

Founder of the investment group Artemis.

Vitek Tracz

British entrepreneur, involved in science publishing

Lord Colin Moynihan

British politician, he served as Minister of Sport from 1987 to 1990, under Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.

Tim Berners-Lee

English Computer scientist, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He is considered one of Time’s magazine most influential personalities of the 20th century.

Boris Johnson

Current British Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2019.

Marco Van Basten

Three times winner of the Ballon d’Or, Van Basten is considered one of the greatest football players of all time.

Tim Henman

The first British male tennis player since the 1970s to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon

Mr Speaker (John Bercow)

Speaker of the House of Commons during the controversial Brexit debates.

Judi Dench

British actress regarded as one of the greatest of all time. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Shakespeare in Love in 1998.

Sir Paul Nurse

Sir Paul Nurse is an English geneticist and Nobel Prize winner. Former president of the Royal Society and current director of the Francis Crick Institute.

Hugh Pym

Health Editor for BBC News, mostly known for his calm presentation during the Covid epidemic.

Enrico Caruso

One of the greatest Tenors of all time who influenced all his successors including Pavarotti.

Sir Jackie Stewart

Motor racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart with his much-loved wife Helen. I met Sir Jackie through my Drake Foundation and his wonderful charity Race Against Dementia

Rugby Boys

Maro Itoje

Saracens and England Rugby Player

Owen Farrell

Saracens and England Rugby Player

Billy Vunipola

Saracens and England Rugby Player

Mark McCall

Saracens Director of Rugby

Owen Farrell

Saracens and England Rugby Player

Nigel Wray

Owner of Saracens Rugby Club, entrepreneur and philanthropist

Most of these contemporary portraits are now in the possession of their subjects

Copies of Great Works

Vermeer

The Art of Painting, 1666-1668

A copy of an iconic Vermeer, The Art of Painting. Depicted is an artist painting a woman dressed in blue. The woman is thought to be an allegory for painting, as she carries a  laurel wreath and a trumpet. The original painting is on display at the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna.

The Little Street

This painting integrates the painting by Vermeer titled The Little Street (on the left) and De Hooch’s painting of The Courtyard of a House in Delft.

The Music Lesson, 1662-1665

A copy of the great Music Lesson by Vermeer. The scene shows a young woman girl receiving a music lesson by who is thought to be her teacher. The original is kept in the Royal Collection at the Picture Gallery in Buckingham palace, London

Woman  Holding a Balance, 1664

Of refined composition and lighting, this is a copy of Woman Holding a Balance by Vermeer. Depicted is a woman dressed in blue, holding a balance. Hanging on the back of the wall is The Last Judgement. The juxtaposition of the woman and the painting enhances the theme of Judgement.

The Lacemaker, 1669-1670

A copy of one of Vermeer’s most famous paintings, The Lacemaker. The original is one of Vermeer’s smallest paintings and is in the Louvre’s collection, Paris

The Love Letters, 1669-1670

A copy of Vermeer’s Love Letters. Particularly known for its three dimensional character and trompe-l’oeil element, the painting depicts a private scene of two women comment a love letter just received.

The View of Delft, 1660-1661

A copy of The View of Delft by Vermeer. The painting depicts a morning scene on the southeast of Delft, more specifically showing the river Schie with its harbour.

The Guitar Player, 1672

A copy of the famous Guitar Player by Vermeer. The painting is exemplary of Vermeer’s late style, which is often characterized by movement, in particular by dynamic poses of the sitters and shifting objects.

The Girl with the Wineglass, 1659-1660

The Girl with the Wine Glass (Dame en twee heren) is a 1659-1660 painting by Johannes Vermeer, now in the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig

Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, 1660-1662

A copy of Vermeer’s stunning Young Woman with a Water Pitcher. Depicted is a young woman standing at an open window, holding silver water pitcher. The original painting is kept at the Met in New York, the first one to enter an American collection.

Lady Seated at the Virginal, 1670-1672

This is a copy of Vermeer’s Lady Seated at the Virginal. Considered one of the most iconic Vermeer paintings, it shows a Lady in front of a Virginal with a Viola da gamba on the side. It is kept at the National Gallery, London.

Mistress and Maid, 1666-1667

A copy of the Mistress and Maid by Vermeer. Depicted is a domestic scene, with two women contemplating a letter which has just arrived. The original is kept in the Frick Collection in New York.

Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid, c. 1670

The original is in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. The work shows a middle-class woman attended by a housemaid who is presumably acting as messenger and go-between for the lady and her lover. 

Raphael

Portrait of Doña Isabel de Requesens, 1518

This painting is a copy of the famous portrait which depicts Doña Isabel de Requesens, thought to be painted initially by Giulio Romano (based on a sketch by Raphael) and subsequently altered by Raphael. The original painting is in the Louvre’s Collection, Paris.

Lorenzo de Medici

This is a copy of Lorenzo de Medici’s portrait by Raphael, which was auctioned by Christie’s in 2007 and sold for 37.2 million pounds.

Ingres

Louise de Broglie, 1845

A copy of Ingres’ portrait Louise de Broglie. The original is kept at the Frick Collection in New York.

Madame de Senonnes, 1816

Considered one of Ingres’ finest works, this painting is a copy of the Portrait of Madame Senonnes. The original can be found at the Musée des Beaux Arts of Nantes.

Renoir

Self-Potrait, 1889

A copy of Renoir’s Self – Portrait of 1889

By the Water, 1879-1880

A copy of Renoir’s By the Water, which depicts a middle-class leisure scene between a man and young lady. The original is kept at the Art Institute of Chicago.

La Promenade, 1870

A copy of Renoir’s La Promenade. The scene shows a young man (thought to be a boatman) holding the hand of a young lady on the bank of the seine, surrounded by trees and bushes, a common element in Impressionist paintings. The original is kept at the Getty Museum of Los Angeles.

Reading Girls, 1890

The painting is a copy of Renoir’s Reading Girls. The original is kept in the Louvre Museum.

Klimt

Kammer Castle on Lake Attersee II, 1909

A copy of Klimt’s landscape painting, where the artist used to spend his summers.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Mural (detail), 1890-1891

A detail from the mural by Gustav Klimt at the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna

Portrait of Emilie Floge, 1902

A copy of the portrait of Emilie Floge by Gustav Klimt, painted in 1902. It is thought that she was Klimt’s lover. The original is kept at the Wien Museum in Vienna.

Girl in the Foliage, 1896

A copy of the Girl in the Foliage by Klimt, which was auctioned at Sotheby’s in 2017 and sold for over 4 million pounds.

Portrait of Sonja Knips, 1889

A copy of Klimt’s portrait of Sonja Knips. The original was painted in 1898 and is kept at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna.

Manet

Plum Brandy, 1877

A copy of the painting Plum Brandy by Manet. The painting depicts a woman seated alone holding a cigarette, eating a plum soaked in brandy. The original painting is kept at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Dans la Serre, 1878-1879

A copy of Manet’s Dans la Serre, which presumably portrays a couple in a conservatory. The original painting was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1879, regarded as unexpectedly conservative. The original painting is currently located at the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin

Portrait of Berthe Morisot, 1872

A copy of the iconic portrait by Manet depicting Berthe Morisot. The original is in the Musee’ d’Orsay’s collection in Paris.

The Railway, 1872-1873

A copy of The Railway by Manet. The original artwork was one of the two works presented by Manet at 1874 Salon to be accepted.

Portrait of Berthe Morisot Laying Down, 1873

 copy of Manet's Portrait of Berthe Morisot Laying Down. The original is kept at the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

Printemps, 1881

A copy of Printemps by Manet, considered the greatest success of Manet’s Salon career. The original is kept at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Monet

Poplars (series), 1891

A copy of one of Monet’s paintings dedicated to Poplars. This series was made by Monet in the summer and fall of 1891.

Matisse

Portrait of Andre Derain, 1905

Matisse and Derain painted portraits of each other while staying at the port of Collioure. Using vivid, apparently arbitrary, colours, Matisse has captured the sensation of sunlight striking Derain’s face and casting a heavy shadow down one side. He has also tried to create a dynamic but balanced relationship between 

complementary colours, such as blue and orange, red and green. The original is in the Tate Modern.

Millais

Mariana, 1850-1851

A copy of Mariana by John Everett Millais. The subject depicts Mariana from Shakespeare’s play Measure for Measure, as retold in Tennyson’s 1830 poem. The original painting is kept at the Tate Britain.

Waterhouse

The Crystal ball, 1902

My copy of a detail from The Crystal Ball by John William Waterhouse, completed in 1902. The painting shows the influence of the Italian Renaissance with vertical and horizontal lines, along with circles "rather than the pointed arches of the Gothic”. It’s in a private collection

Pissarro

The Boulevard Montmartre, 1897

A copy of Pissarro’s Boulevard de Montmartre, which was sold at Sotheby’s London in 2014 for £19,682,500. 

Caillebotte

Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877

A copy of the famous painting by Gustave Caillebotte. The painting depicts several people walking through the Northern side of Paris, specifically the Place de Dublin. The original painting is at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cezanne

Portrait of the Artist’s Son, 1885

A copy of the portrait of Cezanne’s son. The original portrait is one of the most acclaimed of Cezanne’s portraits. The original is kept at the Musee’ de l’Orangerie in Paris.

Sisley

Villeneuve la Garenne, 1872

A copy of the painting by Alfred Sisley showing Villeneuve-la-Garenne. The original painting is exhibited at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

Berthe Morisot

Jeune Femme, 1871

A copy of Berthe Morisot’s Jeune Femme. The original is currently in a private collection.

Tamara De Lempicka

Tamara De Lempicka

A portrait based on a black and white photograph of Lempicka painting her husband.

John Singer Sargent

The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (detail), 1882

A detail from John Singer Sargent’s painting depicting the daughters of Edward Darley Boit. The original painting is considered by art critics as one of the most psychologically captivating of Sargent’s entire career

Portrait of Auguste Rodin, 1884

A copy of Auguste Rodin’s portrait by John Singer Sargent. The original is of 1884 and is kept at the MET, New York.

Van Gogh

The Siesta (after Millet), 1890

A copy of Van Gogh’s The Siesta, which was painted when the artist was interned in a mental asylum. The composition was taken from Millet’s Four moments in the Day. The original painting is kept at the Museé d’Orsay, Paris.