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Uppark, Sussex Uppark, Sussex Uppark, Sussex
Uppark, Sussex

Artist's Catalogue No: 1016

Watercolour & gouache
on paper

Image size 50.8 x 72.4 cms

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  Note from the Artist: Uppark is a large country house in Sussex that stands in an isolated position on the top of the South Downs,
to the north-west of Chichester, and near the Hampshire border. The house was built around 1690, altered a little in the eighteenth
and nineteenth centuries, and given to the National Trust in 1954. I grew up in Sussex and was familiar with the house, so its near
destruction in a disastrous fire in August 1989 came as a horrible shock. It took the National Trust six years to carry out a truly
extraordinary and immaculate restoration, bringing a smouldering shell and rubble back to something very close to the way it
looked just before the fire, without making it look new. I had begun the pencil stage of this painting earlier, but I didn't feel
like completing it after the fire. Later I began again on different paper, and made the new version between 1997 and 1999.

The painting depicts the building before the fire, but the only discernible difference to its present appearance
is in the number of chimney pots. The redness in the sky is a deliberate reference to the impending disaster.

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St Michael's Mount, CornwallSt Michael's Mount, CornwallSt Michael's Mount, Cornwall
St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

Artist's Catalogue No: 996

Watercolour & gouache
on paper

Image size 17.0 x 24.7 cms

N.F.S

  Note from the Artist: I painted this in homage to my late father, who had painted the view from this same spot,
the hotel at Marazion, when we were on holiday in Cornwall. I was very young at the time, perhaps two or three
years old, but I can just remember a few aspects of the holiday. St Michael's Mount is accessible along the
causeway when the tide is out, but is cut off when the tide comes in.

I have retained the painting.

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The view from the studio window, Gastard, WiltshireThe view from the studio window, Gastard, WiltshireThe view from the studio window, Gastard, Wiltshire
The view from the studio
window, Gastard, Wiltshire

Artist's Catalogue No: 961

Acrylic on panel

Image size 15.5 x 18.0 cms

N.F.S

  Note from the Artist: This is the view from a small shed at my then partner's house, that I used as a studio for most of the time
that I lived in Wiltshire. Every studio I have had, as opposed to working at home, has been on or very near a working farm.
This milking herd were regularly driven down the lane past the shed. I have a great liking of, and respect for, farming.
It is an often derided industry that involves a lot of hard work, and we would do well to remember that not only do
farmers have their feet on the ground, both literally and metaphorically, but they also grow the food we eat.

I have retained the painting.

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HaltonchestersHaltonchestersHaltonchestersHaltonchestersHaltonchesters
Haltonchesters

Artist's Catalogue No: 558

Acrylic on panel

Image size 59.7 x 85.1 cms

N.F.S

  Note from the Artist: Haltonchesters is the later name given to the Roman fort Onnum, which was one of the forts on Hadrian's Wall.
The site is on private land and is largely unexcavated. There are no visible remains, just mounds in a grassy field. The medieval and
later castle in the mid distance is Halton Castle (also private). There is a public footpath through the site, but no other public access,
and parking is difficult. Anyone wanting to visit would do best to park in the hamlet of Halton, by the castle, and walk up.

My first painting of this view, without the children, was a small commissioned watercolour. The client was kind enough, or maybe
sensible enough, to let me choose the subject myself - it just had to be a local landscape. I made this much larger version a
year or so later, having first taken the children to the spot to pose for photographs. My elder daughter is seated to the left,
my second daughter is standing and my son is seated between his sisters.

I have retained the painting.

The inscription round the frame reads:

Left side
THE ARTIST'S CHILDREN AT HALTONCHESTERS IN NORTHUMBERLAND • BENEATH THEIR FEET LIES

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ONNUM A FORT ON THE ROMAN WALL • AFTER A THOUSAND YEARS OF DISUSE
SOME OF THE STONES WERE TAKEN TO BUILD HALTON CASTLE

Right side
SIX HUNDRED YEARS AFTER THAT THE CHILDREN LOOKED BUT
WERE TOO YOUNG TO UNDERSTAND • EDWARD DOWDEN

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