Stephen Chambers’ portraits of the legendary Court of Redonda have a Brexit subtext

By Jenny Brewer

At this year’s Venice Biennale, British artist Stephen Chambers is showing a series of 100 portraits depicting the characters of a legendary tale based on the West Indian island of Redonda. The tiny island has always been uninhabited, yet in 1865 a merchant trader called Matthew Dowdy Shiell decided to claim it as his own and elect himself monarch.

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