Ten or more years ago, even before this blog started, I received a commission to paint the renowned and now retired Czech Mistress Valkyrie.
The portrait was a success, happily received and no more was heard.
Her loyal slave sova takes up the story…
On sight of the completed painting it can truthfully be said that Mistress Valkyrie was delighted by the representation of winter at Castle Valkyrie, her private estate in the Moravian countryside, and of the slave devoted to Her.
The drawing made its way to Prague, to Mistress’s city apartment, where it joined other of Her most treasured possessions.
For reasons that need not trouble us today, Mistress finding herself able to spend less time than she might like in the city of Her childhood, enlisted her mother as a de facto caretaker. Mistress’s mother, devout in her faith, had always been troubled by her only daughter’s lifestyle. So it was that one day caretaking turned into a desire to erase the evidence of things inappropriate to the precious little girl that she had raised.
The precious drawing was lost…
Whilst Mistress Valkyrie’s devotion to her mother was sorely tried, time passed quickly with forgiveness even if it didn’t diminish the sense of loss.
Eventually the idea of recreating the drawing took hold. Sova remains Her devoted possession and was happy to recommission the work: his only direction being that the original should be recreated just as his Mistress remembered.
And he tells me that Mistress Valkyrie is delighted with the outcome – more so than her slave’s words can express.
The original painting of Mistress Valkyrie (now lost)