Keith Marples

Woodland path in bold blue and black pencil marks
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(Room 3)
A Tudor looking house
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(Room 3)
White building against a dramatic sky
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(Room 3)

16. Linear Park, Calcot, Watercolour and coloured pencil, 28 x 32cm, £45 mounted, unframed

In this woodland, a lovely escape for so many people during the lockdown, the blue reflects the sadness created by an invisible illness touching so many lives. Yet there is light shining through the trees along the pathway, leading to a brighter world on the other side of the wood where lies hope.

 

41. Mary Lyme Almshouses, Tilehurst, Pen and Watercolour, 36 x 28cm, £50 mounted, unframed

Although Tudor in appearance these almshouses were actually built in 1852. Endowed by Mary Lyme and Elizabeth May for occupation by six "respectable" widows. Three from Burghfield and three from Tilehurst.

 

42. The Mansion House, Prospect Park, Acrylic on canvas, 67 x 49cm, £135 framed

Now a restaurant, the Mansion House was built in the 18 century by John Engelbert Liebenrood on the site of a former farmhouse. The farmhouse was previously owned by the husband of Frances Kendrick and a statuette of her carrying a sword is located in an alcove of the main restaurant. She was famous for issuing a challenge, "Fight me or marry me" to the man who became (wisely it seems) her husband.

 

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For more about the artist, see RGA Gallery page: Keith Marples