Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Alphege-Brewer stays at home

At last we are back home in England and finishing our Grand Tour with a whistle stop excursion to the sites of Great Britain. James seems to have love ecclesiastical architecture - all those great European churchs and cathedrals !! His choice in Great Britain is similar with a few other tourist destinations - familiar to all - Westminster, the Olde Curiosity Shop etc

Today, he starts in London ...........

"Westminster, Exterior"
with this etching he has been assisted by his brother Henry C Brewer.
Two signatures and a title - Source link
A coloured version above and monotone below - I know which I prefer.

Followed, after a brisk walk to St Paul's Cathedral.

.............. and an example that has found it's way to Australia !
"The Old Curiosity Shop"

then and now !!
which can be found in Portsmouth Street in the City of London and is famed as the inspiration for the Charles Dickens' novel of the same name.

Heading north east to Cambridgeshire to the University - a good market for momentos. Many of the minor more commercially minded artist created etching and prints of the colleges at both the Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Trinity College, Cambridge.

 Still heading north to York.
The Viking capital Jorvik and historic county town of Yorkshire. Many a tourist would have stopped off here to see such sites as the Minster and it's famed Rose Window.

and further north to Durham and it's - yes another cathedral

By now he must have been fed up of going north as we find him in the West Country - perhaps on holiday ! He certainly visited the usual attractions, including the Cockington Forge and Thomas Hardy's cottage. More finely detailed images created for the tourist market rather than for art collectors. 

 Link to source -

I guess today when we view his portfolio, the better works, such as the woodcuts and watercolours are lost in the mass other nice but ordinary prints. I quite like some of the coloured etchings, particularly the nocturne views such as Durham or the Venetian view shown my earlier posting.

and finally to the south with "A Kentish Homestead"
previously featured by Clive at the blog, Art and the Aesthete, where he quoted "his woodblocks are rare and extremely collectable and this one, I have to say, is quite spectacular"

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