Betty Grable by Karen Townsend

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Pencil on Strathmore smooth Bristol paper
9 × 12 inch

Betty Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 2, 1973) was an American actress, dancer and singer.

Her iconic bathing suit photo made her the number-one pin-up girl of the World War II era. It was later included in the LIFE magazine project “100 Photos that Changed the World”. Grable was particularly noted for having the most beautiful legs in Hollywood and studio publicity widely dispersed photos featuring them. Hosiery specialists of the era often noted the ideal proportions of her legs as: thigh (18.5") calf (12"), and ankle (7.5"). Grable’s legs were famously insured by her studio for $1,000,000 with Lloyds of London.

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Originally from the South of England but now living in Melbourne, Australia. I took up graphite drawing at the ripe old age of 42, after a long hiatus of 25 years. I did achieve an O’level in art, whilst at school, and had hoped to go to art college. However, my family and I emigrated here to Australia and art college was forgotten about!! I didn’t pick up a pencil again until 3 years ago. Just wish I had picked up that pencil a long time ago!

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  • mscholl21
    mscholl21over 5 years ago

    Karen, this is fabulous.

  • Thanks Michael

    – Karen Townsend

  • Nicole I Hamilton
    Nicole I Hamiltonover 5 years ago

    Fantastic as usual! Always enjoy seeing your new works.

  • And thank you Nicole, you’re very kind

    – Karen Townsend

  • Simon Aberle
    Simon Aberleover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work once again Karen :)

  • Biker
    Bikerover 5 years ago

    WOW. This is fantastic!

    The hair is superb and that imperious expression is right on the money. Bravo!

  • Liz Beaton
    Liz Beatonover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous, I can’t begin how to understand you made so an incredible portrait ♥

  • Cathy Amendola
    Cathy Amendolaover 5 years ago

    Karen…this is flawless…!

  • Robin Pushe'e
    Robin Pushe'eover 5 years ago

    OMG Karen, You got me speechless on this one.. So very striking!

  • Kate Eller
    Kate Ellerover 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Karen, as always.

  • Thank you to everyone for the encouraging comments

    – Karen Townsend

  • NikonGirl25
    NikonGirl25over 5 years ago

    WOW!!!!! What a incredible work of art,it is a true work of art

  • Thank you so much NikonGirl

    – Karen Townsend

  • Margaret Harris
    Margaret Harrisover 5 years ago
    Love this !!
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