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Summer  2021



Homerton

Bath Abbey

This drawing was commissioned by a fan of Bath Abbey, particularly the stairs or ladders to heaven on either side of the West Fa├žade. He also asked for it to be without either context or a frame of lines around it which is a bit radical.



Homerton

Leeds University

This drawing was commissioned as a graduation present





Easter  2021



Homerton

Church of Agios Giorgios, Mystras, Greece

Given the lockdown I have been looking back through old drawing projects and came across this lovely church in a ruined medieval town near Sparta. We were on a driving holiday, many years ago, visiting mainly the obvious Classical sites, and I was taken with how completely Greek architecture had been Romanised, with bricks, arches and vaults. This has everything in common with the Sixth Century Christian churches in Rome, and nothing with Delphi and Olympia.





Spring 2021



Homerton

Great Court Fountain, Trinity College Cambridge

This well loved fountain is typical of lots of Cambridge's early classical buildings and monuments. They have a wonderful disregard of the strict Classical orders, and are very original in their decoration. It took Wren and his school quite a while to get everyone to follow the rules.



Homerton

St Mary & St Andrew, Horsham St Faith

My Parents lived in this village in Norfolk in their retirement and I have long intended to draw the parish church. This lockdown winter has provided the opportunity. I always find the individuality of these medieval East Anglian churches to be remarkable. They all follow a similar set of plans, use similar architectural elements such as windows and tower designs and yet all are completely different.





Christmas 2020



Homerton

Great Screen Winchester Cathedral

I have never got around to drawing Winchester, though we went there several years ago and I prepared an image. However when we were there I saw this sculpture over the altar in the Great Screen and thought it would make a good Christmas Card - so I have just sent this off to print for our family card for this year.





Autumn 2020



Homerton
Homerton

Dulwich College and Blackheath Prep School

These drawings were commissioned as a 21st Birthday Present. Together with an Oxford College they make a complete set.


Homerton

Canterbury Cathedral

This was a commission for a graduation present. 

While drawing it I remembered a magical evensong, sung by the choir, that we listened to here several years ago with some friends who live nearby.


Homerton

Homerton College Cambridge


Sal went to Homerton and so I've been a bit slow in getting round to drawing her Alma Mater. Still, better late than never.


Nottingham University Print

Chichester Cathedral


When we were discovering Bosham Church we stayed in Chichester and visited the cathedral. It is quite charming, not least due to its scale, it being one of the smaller cathedrals of the country. The crossing tower and spire are a sort of reduced version of Salisbury, and to my surprise they are a Victorian rebuild following the collapse of the original, all credit to George Gilbert Scott for a convincing restoration


Nottingham University Print



Summer 2020



Nottingham University Print

Southampton University


This drawing was commissioned as a combined birthday and graduation present.



Spring 2020



Nottingham University Print

Holy Trinity Bosham


This drawing was commissioned by a friend, as a present for his wife, of the church in which they were married. It really is the most lovely church situated on the edge of Chichester Harbour.



Christmas 2019





Nottingham University Print
Nottingham University Print

St Michael's Church Framlingham



Mark, our local Rector, asked me to do these drawings of our church so that we could use them to raise funds for their rebuilding project for St Michael's Community Rooms which adjoins the Church. They are for sale both in the church and on this website. 


The design of the new building is a very careful and superbly judged piece of architecture by my old friend James Gorst.


Autumn 2019




Nottingham University Print

Norwich School

My Brother and I both went to Norwich School and this drawing was a request from him as he recently moved to France. He was also taught by Alex Humphris the wonderful Art Master there in the 60s and 70s and so we sent Alex a print of this for his 90th.

Summer 2019




Nottingham University Print

Pembroke Lodge Richmond Park

This was a commission for some friends of their wedding venue - and what a great venue it is too.

Spring 2019




Nottingham University Print

Jesus College Oxford

Sal and I moved to Suffolk in the Autumn, and so the opportunity to draw new images has been reduced. However I've always been attracted to Jesus Oxford and the composition of the Gatehouse and so drew this in odd moments in the Spring.

Autumn 2018




Nottingham University Print

The All England Club Wimbledon

This was another commission this autumn carried out for a tennis enthusiast to give as a present to another member of his Club.

Nottingham University Print

University College Oxford

I had been intending to carry on with a few Oxford Colleges in the New Year, and had spent some pleasant days over the summer visiting them to find and prepare the best viewpoints for drawing, when a lady from Alberta in Canada commissioned this one of University College to give as a present to her son who had just graduated. 

Summer 2018




Nottingham University Print

Birmingham University

The designer of the Entrance Court and Clock Tower at Birmingham was the Edwardian Architect Aston Webb, who at the time had the largest Architectural practice in the country. His buildings include the V&A, Christ's Hospital and the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. He is best known for his work in recreating the Mall into a more appropriate Imperial Style by refacing Buckingham Palace in Portland Stone and designing Admiralty Arch.

The curved series of linked square pavilions that make up the original buildings of Birmingham University have rather more of an oriental than an English feel to them, though the use of red brick banded with a buff coloured sandstone to some degree compensates for this. The corner turrets of the pavilions are tapered, following the idea of the entasis of a classical column, and the areas of blank brickwork are decorated by mosaic panels on the theme of work and industry by the Arts and Craft artist Robert Anning Bell. The Tower is simply enormous and was presumably originally intended to be visible from the City.


Spring 2018




Nottingham University Print

Durham Cathedral

Sal and I had an enjoyable trip to Durham this spring, staying right across from the river from the Cathedral in a delightful and very original small hotel, recently opened, called 40 Winks. The owner recommended the small clearing and bench nearby from which I ultimately chose this viewpoint. The growth of trees on both sides of the Wear Gorge makes the Cathedral hard to view from its most  famous viewpoints, by the bridges and down on the river, and I had to do quite a bit of pruning to draw this. 

Turner cheated like crazy with his view, see below, twisting the Cathedral across the peninsular to make it, admittedly with great success, much more dramatic. 

Inside it is the best Norman church we have, with the vaulting and the nave elevations all put together at the same time. Bishop William of Calais, the patron of this building in the 1090s certainly chose his master masons well.

Nottingham University Print

Darwin College Cambridge

I have just finished this drawing of Darwin College Cambridge, and anyone who has punted up to the Lock on the way up to Grantchester will have seen this attractive building on the Mill Pond of the Cam, known to the College as the Old Granary. 

It adjoins the house, Newnham Grange, built for a corn merchant in 1793 that became the home of the Darwin family and which was left by them to create the founding buildings of the new college in 1964. George Darwin was responsible for the remodelling of Newnham Grange after he bought it in 1885, and I assume that he also had a hand in the balconies and bay windows which give this building its unique charm. 

Darwin has a trademark dining room, dating from the 60s, by Howell Killick Partridge and Amis, who also did the Grad Pad which faces the Granary across the Cam. The building just visible on the right is a 1993 library and study centre by Jeremy Dixon and Ed Jones.