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Photographer at Salisbury Cathedral




Salisbury Cathedral


56 x 41cm


Pencil and Acrylic Gouache on Paper

Salisbury Cathedral was built between 1220 and 1258, in a style we now call Early English Gothic. This style emphasised height and light, and compared to the bulkier, heavier buildings of the 11th and 12th century, were quite revolutionary. Some cathedrals work as a finished whole, but some have the feel of a portrait painted by a variety of artists in different media and in different styles. Uniquely, Salisbury was built nearly to completion within a single generation. As a result, the final structure presents a unity of vision that is very satisfying and evocative of a single era of English architecture and is probably the finest example of Early English Gothic in the country. This drawing shows the stunning view of the nave from the choir and highlights the remarkable height and sense of light that the cathedral celebrates. The figure in the foreground has been purposely painted in a contemporary style to emphasise the contrast between old and new

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