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Sir Joshua Reynolds - The Ladies Waldegrave - Google Art Project

Here are some more tables for randomly generating descriptions of the numerous painting found in late 18th to early 19th century castles, mansions, and estate houses. See also the post “Random Portraits in Grand Houses”, which includes tables for generating the Dimensions, Age, and decorative Frame of paintings.

Interior Group Portrait

d10

The painting depicts…

1

an apparently married (or courting) couple,

2

two male friends,

3

two female friends,

4

a married couple and a lover, (possibly explained away as “a family friend” by the couple’s descendants)

5 – 6

a married couple with 1d8 children,

7

2d4 siblings,

8

2d6 members of a confraternity, consorority, or chivalric order,

9

a group of 2d4 card players,

10

a group of 2d4 military officers,

d6

amid…

1

an opulent drawing room.

2

a salon.

3

a music room.

4

a glittering ballroom.

5

a curtained interior.

6

a field of clouded color.

d20

A notable feature of the portrait is…

1

a servant working in the background.

2

a second painting visible in the background.

3

a notable sculpture in the background.

4

everyone is dressed in archaic clothing.

5

everyone is made to look like a Classical deity.

6

everyone is dressed in a masquerade costume.

7

a mirror reflecting the scene.

8

the skull, a reminder of mortality.

9

the presence of 1d4 putti (winged children).

10

the presence of 1d4 pets.

11

the exquisite jewelry worn by the subjects.

12

the shadows seem to be all wrong.

13

the perspective is off.

14

the location is easily recognizable.

15

the book carried by one of the subjects.

16

the weapon carried by one of the subjects.

17

the subjects do not seem friendly to each other.

18

an open window, beyond which a landscape can be seen.

19

much more attention has been paid to one figure than the others.

20

it appears to be the work of an unknown master.

Exterior Group Portrait

d12

The painting depicts…

1

an apparently married (or courting) couple,

2

two male friends,

3

two female friends,

4

a married couple and a lover, (possibly explained away as “a family friend” by the couple’s descendants)

5

a married couple with 1d8 children,

6

2d6 members of a confraternity, consorority, or chivalric order,

7

2d6 members of a hunting party on foot,

8

2d6 members of a mounted hunting party,

9

a group of 2d4 people playing lawn sports,

10

2d4 people at an archery contest,

11

a group of 2d4 military officers on foot,

12

a group of 2d4 mounted military officers,

d8

and in the background is…

1

a rolling countryside, with trees in the far distance.

2

a woods

3

a lake.

4

a manicured lawn.

5

a village of happy peasants.

6

a formal French garden.

7

the facade of the house itself.

8

a mountain range.

d20

A notable feature of the portrait is…

1

much more attention has been paid to one figure than the others.

2

there appears to be a fire occurring in the far background.

3

a servant working in the background.

4

the exterior sculpture(s) also depicted.

5

the visible ruins.

6

everyone is dressed in archaic clothing.

7

everyone is made to look like a Classical deity.

8

everyone is dressed in a masquerade costume.

9

the presence of 1d4 putti (winged children).

10

The presence of a mythological creature.

11

the presence of a dog pack.

12

the exquisite jewelry worn by the subjects.

13

the shadows seem to be all wrong.

14

the perspective is off.

15

the location is easily recognizable.

16

the scene is set at night.

17

the weapon carried by one of the subjects.

18

the subjects do not seem friendly to each other.

19

much more attention has been paid to one figure than the others.

20

it appears to be the work of an unknown master.
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