Friday, 7 November 2014

Treasures from Worcestershire's Past: ~48~ Grazebrook Watercolour

This week's Treasure is a watercolour, which has been chosen by Carol Wood, Archive Assistant:




This watercolour was found in the front of one of the design sketch books created by Phillip Grazebrook, an architect from Hagley.

His sketch books are full of pencil drawings of decorative features and designs.  A number of these are direct copies of what he would have seen whilst visiting medieval churches and grand houses but in many of them he was taking inspiration directly from nature.  These drawings are well executed and show what a fine artist Grazebrook was as a well as a conscientious architect looking to improve his designs.

This painting was done on the flip side of a postcard addressed to W. Stallard Edwards, Pierpont Street, Worcester. It is dated 1917 and shows two British shops of seemingly different periods. Research continues as to whether these were painted in response to first-hand experience.

This item is currently in the process of being catalogued and can be found at reference BA13065. If you wish to consult uncatalogued material in our Original Archive Area we require 7 days notice in advance. Please email archive@worcestershire.gov.uk for more information. 

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