Anna Mary Richards was the daughter of noted marine painter William Trost Richards, who served as her first teacher. She showed artistic promise early on and exhibited at the National Academy of Design when she was just fourteen. She frequently accompanied her father to one of his favorite painting grounds - the southern coast of England and Cornwall. His impressive seascape, “Cornish Coast”, encompasses its formidable cliffs, a unique landscape carved away over centuries by the oceanic winds and waves he loved to paint. Anna was also inspired by the region, and spent a year working alone in Clovelly, Devon, England in 1895, where “Knitting” was likely painted. You can view these works by the Richards, as well as other artistic families, in our current exhibition, “It’s All Relative”!
Have you seen our Phelps Bequest exhibition yet? It brings together paintings and drawings donated by Frederick Charles Phelps, as well as works of art purchased through the Bequest Phelps left to Swindon after his death. This is a detail of Percy Hague Jowett’s Trees Overhanging a River from 1926. He was principal of the @royalcollegeofart between 1935 and 1948. Jowett had his work published in the 1947 Swindon Review. A few years later, Swindon purchased this loose, light watercolour through the Phelps Bequest #percyhaguejowett#phelpsbequest#britishart#britishlandscape#landscapeart
Hadrian's Wall (Latin: Vallum Aelium), also called the Roman Wall, Picts' Wall, or Vallum Hadriani in Latin, was a defensive fortification in the Roman province of Britannia, begun in AD 122 in the reign of the emperor Hadrian. It ran from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea, and was the northern limit of the Roman Empire, immediately north of which were the lands of the northern Ancient Britons, including the Picts.
It had a stone base and a stone wall. There were milecastles with two turrets in between. There was a fort about every five Roman miles. From north to south, the wall comprised a ditch, wall, military way and vallum, another ditch with adjoining mounds. It is thought the milecastles were staffed with static garrisons, whereas the forts had fighting garrisons of infantry and cavalry. In addition to the wall's defensive military role, its gates may have been customs posts.
A significant portion of the wall still stands and can be followed on foot along the adjoining Hadrian's Wall Path. The largest Roman artifact anywhere, it runs a total of 73 miles (117.5 kilometres) in northern England. Regarded as a British cultural icon, Hadrian's Wall is one of Britain's major ancient tourist attractions. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987
The 18th century gardens at Woolbeding were reinterpreted by garden designers Lanning Roper in the 1980s and Julian and Isabel Bannerman in the 1990s. They created formal garden rooms and also created the Long Walk inspired by the pleasure grounds of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Long Walk contains a variety of follies, such as the Gothic summerhouse designed by architect Philip Jebb and abbey ruins and, if one is lucky, some adorable sheep. The 16th century house, much altered in the 19th century, is just north of the village church (last two slides). #theaccidentalpreservationist