I shoot all of my own reference photos for my artwork. When I visited Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire I noticed these lovely sculptural details of medieval faces up on the walls. Since this particular one was peering right down on the best preserved original of the Magna Carta I took it to be a representation of Eleanor of Aquitaine - wife of Henry the second and mother of “Bad” King John, (signer of the Magna Carta). Whether it is, in fact, meant to be her or not, I am not 100 percent certain. However I am still calling this pastel painting “Eleanor of Aquitaine”, because she was one of the most powerful yet tragic women of the early Middle Ages.
Here is the framed piece. I am really happy with the way it turned out. I value this piece highly because for one, I do not do many pastel paintings - and for two I love visiting the Britain and reading its history.