Lady Eleanor of House Brunnert

House Brunnert is a proud house from old Prussia. The descendants of the original coopers, three brothers, Johann, Samuel & Friedrich designed a method of barrel making which cut the labor time in half.

This in turn, helped them win a contract with the army, supplying the food chain in The First Northern War, earning the brothers great wealth. When the brothers passed, their skulls were preserved and embedded into the Brunnert throne, a chair to be placed in the great hall of the Brunnert castle.

House Brunnert nowadays are one of the wealthiest and influential houses. They have never forgotten their roots though and to this day, both the men and women are skilled coopers.

I named this work after my great, great, great grandmother, Eleanor Brunnert. Born in 1823 in Prussia, Eleanor arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia on the La Rochelle with her husband, Johann and their two children on the 3rd of September, 1855. She died a few weeks later on the 13th of October.

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With the basics blocked in.

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Decided very quickly I didn't like her hair so I changed to a more groomed but still non-traditional look for her era.

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Adding in more detail, thinking about how the lighting will work.

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Working more on the detail

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Focusing most of my work on Eleanor herself.

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Was originally going to make the small table wooden, changed my mind and went for iron instead.

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Bringing it all home.

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Finished work.

Lady Eleanor of House Brunnert Speed Painting in Photoshop and Painter