How today’s figures would have looked in history

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With profuse apologies to Joshua Reynolds. Click to enlarge
With profuse apologies to Joshua Reynolds. Click to enlarge

Everyone seems to be getting very excited about the “how historical figures would have looked today” thing (without wanting to spoil it for everyone, Henry VIII would look like a TV chef, Marie Antoinette would find herself on The Only Way Is Essex, Shakespeare apparently was born 400 years too early to work as a hipsterish, scooter-riding “media creative” in Hoxton, and Elizabeth I is Tilda Swinton). Anyway, despite the indifferent Photoshopping, it amused my editor, who asked for a what-if-we-turned-it-around thing in which we can see what our current political masters would have looked like as 18th-century gentlemen. (Not sure who I should do Ed Miliband as. Oliver Cromwell?)

I like to imagine that Dave has borrowed that horse off a local constable.

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