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Painter gives extremely detailed subject of self-portrait to sovereign (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

vermeer

Here is my best explanation:

'painter' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'extremely detailed subject of self-portrait to sovereign' is the subsidiary indication.

'extremely' becomes 'very' (I've seen this before).

'detailed' means to remove the last letter (the word must be end-less or 'de-tailed').

'subject of self-portrait' becomes 'me'.

'to sovereign' becomes 'er' (Abbreviation for Elizabeth Regina).

'very' with its final letter taken off is 'ver'.

'ver'+'me'+'er'='vermeer'

'gives' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for vermeer that I've seen before include "Girl with a Pearl Earring artist", "Painter of Girl with a Pearl Earring, d. 1675", "Dutch painter, Jan, d. 1676", "Interior painter", "'Dutch painter, noted for his use of light (7)'", "Jan -, seventeenth century Dutch painter", "Dutch Baroque painter", "Jan -, seventeenth-century Dutch painter", "Dutch painter renowned for his use of light" and "He painted The Girl with the Pear Earring".)

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