Palace of Westminster. Known in medieval times as Thorney Island, the site may have been 1st used for a royal residence by Canute the Great during his reign from 1016-1035. St Edward the Confessor, the penultimate Anglo-Saxon monarch of England, built a royal palace on Thorney Island just west of the City of London at about the same time as he built Westminster Abbey (1045–50). Thorney Island. The oldest existing part of the Palace dates from the reign of William I's successor, King William…
Mary Jane Ansell was a previous finalist in the prestigious BP Portrait Award in 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012 and has exhibited several times with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Threadneedle Prize. Based in the UK she shows internationally with recent group and solo exhibitions in London, New York, Singapore and LA. See examples of Mary Jane’s work below.
Mountain Nymph, Sweet Liberty 1866, albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron
Jane Austen as a little girl. When she was twelve, she wrote two books, "First Impressions" and "Elinor and Marianne". When she was older, she reworked them into her two most famous novels, "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility".