Saturday, 25 April 2009

Herstmonceux Castle Commission



Our red brick fairytale Castle is a popular wedding venue and earlier this year I accepted a commission to paint it, I am adding finishing touches this weekend. My Castle memories flow from walking the hound along public footpaths where its turrets catch you by surprise, popping up from lush woodland.

If you confront it head on, the entrance, bridge and rooftops have fabulous shape, perfect for a monoprint.

Mr PWP loves the history and tells me its principal owners include in 1066 Elmer a priest, 1200 Ideona de Herste, 1708 George Naylor, 1946 the Royal Admiralty for the Royal Observatory and since 1993 Queen’s University, Ontario, as a gift from Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader.

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