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Add patron of the random arts to Prince William's list of credentials.

Scotland artist Tom Sutton-Smith painted a portrait of Kate Middleton, pretty much on a dare after her official portrait by Paul Emsley was unveiled and friends teased him that he could do better.

He used photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge as his inspiration rather than the real McCoy but produced a perfectly satisfactory likeness all the same.

And according to Glenys Andrews, a colleague of Sutton-Smith who organized an art exhibit that the royal couple attended during their visit to Scotland last week, none other than the muse and her husband gave the effort a rave review.

It could be hanging in Will and Kate's bedroom right now, in fact!

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Sutton-Smith didn't get to witness William's reaction to his painting in person, but video footage was shot of the big reveal.

Andrews, chair of Pertshire Open Studio, told Vanity Fair that the Duke of Cambridge exclaimed, "Wow, it's brilliant! That's going up in my room."

Kate, as well, "was wowed by it," Andrews added. "She reached out her arms to hold it and stared at it."

The duchess is "kind of sparkly and I was trying to convey that in the eyes and mouth. Those are the hard bits to get right," Sutton-Smith also told VF, noting that he was "pleased with the outcome and very happy with [the royals'] reaction."

Not a bad bit of publicity for any artist.

Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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Which version of the duchess's royal visage do you prefer, Sutton-Smith's looser interpretation of Kate's inner sparkle or Emsley's more formal effort?

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