Maid in London

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Maid in London by Banksy was commissioned by newspaper The Independent for a wall in Chalk Farm, North London around 2006. It shows a woman dressed as a maid: she has finished sweeping dirt into a dustpan, and is now putting the dirt under a cover over a brick wall. She is slightly bent over; her hands and face are in color. The rest of the painting is done in black and white.

Banksy modeled the woman in the painting on a hotel maid in Los Angeles named Leanne. She was a feisty lady, and this piece is partially about democratizing subjects in art. Banksy said that it used to be just popes, kings, queens, that could afford a portrait painted, and so he chose a maid.

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