In order to demonstrate how we can easily capture the essence of a picture for creating any unique textile for period drama film work we decided to publish a ‘look book’. We chose pictures from many different periods throughout history and then matched colours and textures to those images. For our research we journeyed through history right from the Dark Ages to the 1930s and 40s. While exploring the huge resource of pictures on the internet for the Victorian period I came across two pictures actually painted by my great grandfather, John Cheltenham Wake. I had heard stories of him being a painter and that he had painted the ceiling of the Music Room in Buckingham Palace – was he a painter and decorator? Then I was told that he had been commissioned by the then Prince of Wales to paint Lillie Langtry – two paintings one called ‘Night’ and the other ‘Morning’. I have never been able to find out anything about these paintings which are now only in the misty family memories. I have over the years found a number of seascapes and buildings but never, until now, any pictures of people.