By People Staff
Updated April 16, 1999 12:00 AM
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“One of Britain’s most controversial artists has been asked to paint a portrait of the Queen,” reports Britain’s Daily Mail — and the picture may not be pretty. “Lucien Freud is unlikely to portray Her Majesty in a favorable light, as he is famed for realistic images which do not disguise wrinkles or other signs of aging. Unusually for an artist painting the Queen, it appears that 76-year-old Freud was approached about the project. He is believed to have been locked in six years of hard negotiations with the Queen’s former private secretary, Sir Robert Fellowes.” And Freud is very demanding, to boot. “He wants the Queen to travel to his West London studio for a minimum of 72 sittings between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. A Palace spokesman said: ‘No concrete plans have been put to the Queen, but who knows what may happen in the future?'”