Drew Gardner’s Descendants Project

Drew Gardner is recreating historic portraits of famous individuals, using their descendants as the models but otherwise using setting, clothing, and props to replicate the original portraits.

You can find a selection of the portraits on his website. (Click on People, then Descendants.) It shows the descendants of Horatio Nelson, Charles Dickens, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, William Wordsworth, the Duke of Wellington, Napoleon, Oliver Cromwell, Charles II, and Robert Clive.

A post on Drew’s blog explaining the project is here. He describes photographing Geronimo’s great-grandson, a portrait that was included in National Geographic. There is also a short video of the Cromwell shoot.


~ by David Cupp on August 5, 2009.

One Response to “Drew Gardner’s Descendants Project”

  1. His results are amazingly impressive. Wow.

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