“London will be rebuilt” Charles II after the great fire of London
“London will be rebuilt” Charles II after the great fire of London
“London will be rebuilt” Charles II after the great fire of London
In 1666 the great fire of London nearly destroyed the whole capitol. In the days after, king Charles II, walked among his people, who had lost everything to the flames, trying to comfort them that their city would be rebuilt...
A 54mm scratch built diorama.
Note the choice of colors with the soot and greyish shade of the people and the brighter and almost fiery colors of the king. The composition and the colors help to tell the story in a dramatic way. I had great fun doing this quite unusual diorama.
(PS the little dogs we can see in foreground were the kings puppies that he was very fond of) Diorama made in 2015.
  • Clément Dessertenne


  • BranPLUS

    The photo is too small Mike, and not up to such a work ..... Post more please !!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thanks! I will try to dig up some more photos!

    • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

      Agreed - more pictures are needed for scenes like this :)

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"


  • Ivan Hortal A.PLUS

    Saw this one in hand and was very very impressive. I love it.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thanks my friend for your kind words! Really appreciate them!

  • Erik Gideonse

    Brilliant! Great choice of colors! Gold!!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thanks Erik! Yeah, I had a great time painting this scene!

  • John Margiotta "BloodASmedium"

    Gold -for historical genius. Brilliant piece.

  • Mike BlankPLUS

    Dear Friends
    Many, many thanks for your kind words and comments about my work, it means a lot to me.I have added some more photos here of this diorama. I am sorry for the lack of good quality photos. Once I have finished a figure, vignette or diorama it is exhibited at a show around the world and pick upped by a collector… I must confess that I sometimes forget to take photos of my work before it leaves my studio… But I will better myself in the future! I promise! Mike

  • Clive Jackson

    Like an ‘old master’! Gold!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thank you Clive! Yes, that´s what inspire me, how the old masters used colors and composed scenes. Hopefully I will grasp something of that in the near future…
      And if you are gonna study and learn, learn from the best.
      You can´t beat the old masters!

  • Thorbjorn BaronePLUS

    Amazing piece man!

  • Marc Mussat

    I am speechless !

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thank you my dear friend!!!

  • eric wolfsPLUS

    Absolument superbe. Quelle maitrise des lumières et des ambiances. A ce niveau, c’est tout simplement de l’Art.

  • PhilippePLUS


  • Steve Jourdain

    Yesss, superbe. Or !!!

  • salmar

    S T U P E N D O !!!!!!!!

  • HenkPLUS

    Another one, where your use of lighting is very reminiscent of the “old Masters”.  Beautifull.

  • Aksel ”Axefacepaints” Olsson

    Gold! Fantastic work Mike. The tones tell such a story!

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Thanks! I really had a great time composing using the colors!

  • RodrigoHChacon

    A piece of Art! Great to see your work here! Time does not pass through your work.

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Hola y gracias my dear friend!!!

  • Alfonso Giraldes_BansheePLUS

    Mike, please answer the emails that i sent to you. ;). important subjects. i sent you two different topics. both important . great idea and unique style execution. i love the mood. congrats

    • Mike BlankPLUS

      Hola my dear friend! Many thanks for the kind words! I just sent you a message on FB. Mike.

  • Charles King

    Amazingly excecuted.