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Small (12" x 16")


LONDON, United Kingdom

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Small 12" x 16"
Medium 16" x 20"
Large 18" x 24"
X large 24" x 32"
Note: 1" - 2" minimum borders will be added around images and will vary depending on the appropriate aspect ratio to fit each paper size. Images are centered and 'padded' for non-standard sized images.


  • Custom sized prints (with various border widths)
  • Gallery quality vibrant colours
  • Lightly textured 100% cotton paper
  • Refer to size chart for dimensions if self framing

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Artist's Description

This shot was taken in Sardinia, an island in the middle of the mediterranean sea, the littlke island you see is the Tavolara Island and was one of the smallest kingdoms on the planet, but is now simply part of Italy, although it was never formally annexed.

In 1836, King Charles Albert of Sardinia visited the island and acknowledged Giuseppe Bertoleoni as an independent sovereign monarch.4 When he died in the 1840s, his eldest son became King Paolo I.

Tavolara was not included in the Italian unification, and King Paolo actively sought and obtained recognition from Italy. During his reign, in 1868 the Italian government began operating a lighthouse on the northeast end of the island.5 Tavolara’s sovereignty was reconfirmed in 1903, when Victor Emmanuel III of Italy signed a treaty of friendship with the nation.6
Tavolara, the royal grave
Tavolara, the royal grave

After Paolo’s death in 1886,7 and according to his wishes, the island became a republic, with a president and council of six elected every six years by a vote of the people, male and female.8 Its third president was elected in 1896.910

The monarchy, however, was reinstated in 1899. Since that time the island’s kings have all come from the Bertoleoni family, recognized as the rulers of Tavolara by the Kings of Sardinia. Documents dating to 1767 affirm that Tavolara had never been a part of the Kingdom of Sardinia.

The third king of Tavolara was Carlo I, who was succeeded upon his death in 1928 by his son King Paolo II.11 Paolo went abroad, however, and left Carlo’s sister Mariangela as regent in his absence. Queen Mariangela died in 1934, leaving the kingdom to Italy.12

Her nephew Paolo II still claimed the kingdom, however, and ruled it until his death in 1962. That year marked the installation of the NATO station and the effective end of Tavolaran sovereignty.
Tavolara from the Sardinian shore
Tavolara from the Sardinian shore

The present King Tonino of Tavolara is an Italian citizen named Tonino Bertoleoni, who runs “Da Tonino,” a restaurant on the island. Politically, the interests of the island are represented in its external dealings by Prince Ernesto Geremia di Tavolara, of La Spezia, Italy, who has written a history of the island.13

The royal tomb of King Paolo I is in the graveyard on the island, surmounted by a crown.


The book is “1984”…

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