Friday, 10 July 2015

Sketchbook Pages From A British Tour

In the past week I took my little pot of dipping ink around the country, in a big figure of eight from southern England to southern Scotland and back (the crossing point was just outside Thirsk).  There were fells and fens, busy marketplaces, mighty frontages and romantic ruins.  A few took some finding; others were brief stops off the road.  Here are a few sketches.

Not in geographical order:  sketches from a tour of Great Britain

A row-by-row explanation:

Greyfriars, Worcester
All Saints Church, Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire
Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders

The Bass Rock, the Isle of May and Tantallon Castle, Firth of Forth
The clouded summit of Cross Fell, Cumbria

Lichfield Cathedral shop garden, Staffordshire
Malmesbury market cross, Wiltshire
Aydon Castle, Northumberland

Buxton Pavilion, Derbyshire
Spofforth Castle, North Yorkshire

Ullswater, near Pooley Bridge, Cumbria
Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridgeshire
The iron bridge, Cragside, Northumberland

Oakham Buttercross, Rutland
Whittlesey Buttercross, Cambridgeshire

Glossop Market, Derbyshire
The gate house, Wallington, Northumberland

Melrose Abbey (seen from outside the wall of the close)
Malmesbury Abbey south door, Wiltshire
Penrith Castle, Cumbria

There I am, sitting on a grassy bank and squinting at the Bass Rock.

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