January 8, 2020 Kate 1Comment

I was thrilled last year when Shibden Hall commissioned a painting for their entrance hall. It’s rare for me to go there without the children, and therefore the pull of the boating lake or the playground. I went in August while they were staying with Granny down in Wiltshire.

I played around with two compositions. There’s a lovely view from the orchard above – a birds eye view. Or the view from the lake below, looking up at the house…

The Hall requested the second one. The hall is like a treasure trove of beautiful details! There is a window in the main hall with stained glass fragments salvaged from another local house. I love the creatures; I’d love to know more about the symbolism. They remind me of the pagan creatures often found on Misericords in churches; they were an obsession of mine when I was a student.

Pattern is everywhere in the hall…

The tiles at the bottom of the picture gave me a place for my treasure.

So here it is, work in progress…

Special requests to be included were: The Lister Lion. The Lister coat of arms. The stained glass creatures. And lastly, the dove and the crow to represent Ann Walker and Anne Lister.

I have yet to proof it for colour for prints, but when i do these should be available as hand finished prints at the hall. Then it’s framing and hanging! I’ll post a photo once it’s up.

One thought on “Shibden Hall

  1. Please can you let me know when the prints of Shibden Hall will be ready and price. Many thanks. Sylvia Bairstow

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