Beach Towels Now Available - Grab One >>
  • 92Promote

Canvas Print

Arabella Proffer (arabella)

Daughters of Maternal Impression

by Arabella Proffer

Fine art print on bright white, fine poly-cotton blend, matte canvas using latest generation Epson archival inks. Individually trimmed and hand stretched museum wrap over 1-1/2" deep wood stretcher bars. Includes wall hanging hardware.


16x20" oil on linen.
Marie and Helen

Born as dicephalic parapagus twins into an aristocratic family boasting dynastic continuity (their fortunes, sadly, had not continued as such) the doctors proclaimed they were an unfortunate result of maternal impression: their mother attended a public hanging while pregnant and surely this was the cause of such bizarre monstrosity. While still infants, their mother tried to cut them apart with shears, but this was futile, it was learned, as the girls shared too many bones. As Marie and Helen grew into beauties, word had spread by pilgrims and curious travelers of the two-headed woman. What better way to renew lost family fortunes than to put it on display? This was under the guise of friendly and social intercourse, as well as economics. Their fame grew, as did their wardrobes and estates. Marriage was proposed many times over, but nothing would come of it, and the twins preferred it as such. They became a glittering showpiece, stars of the stage rather than carnival attraction. They died at the age of 28; physicians theorized it was due to their body containing too little blood for both beings to carry on.

k_c_s commented on June 12, 2013 2:55pm
What? Awesome!
Last Call commented on June 12, 2013 6:02pm
I think I need to buy this...
Giancarlo Pugliese commented on June 13, 2013 3:48am
nice :)
gunberk commented on June 13, 2013 9:15am
magical work:)
Schwimmt im Pool commented on June 23, 2013 9:45am
Arabella Proffer commented on June 26, 2013 8:37pm
thanks so much everyone!
Ming Myaskovsky commented on October 23, 2013 7:30pm
Incredibly beautiful! ;)
Tyler Spangler commented on February 17, 2014 6:18pm
crocomila commented on May 25, 2014 2:04pm
See More Comments