208. Clock Tower Memorial, London Road Campus Oil, 20 x 25.5cm, £240 framed
This was painted plein air, on one of the Reading Guild of Artists' summer painting days. The Clock Tower Memorial was designed by Herbert Maryon and built in 1922; the numbers 1914 and 1918 are in gold under the clock face. It was formally dedicated in 1924 and lists fallen service personnel with a connection to what was then called Reading University College. The garden next to the clock tower is a calm and peaceful place, and I enjoyed my time painting here.
167. The Silchester Eagle, Lino-print (2/35), 25 x 35cm, mounted 30.5 x 40.5cm, £45, more available
This bronze Roman eagle is on display in Reading Museum and was excavated at Calleva Atrebatum in Silchester in the 19th century. It's thought it once had outstretched wings and would have been part of a larger piece. When I first saw it in the museum I was drawn to its simple beauty and tried to imagine who might have created such an object and how they would have made all the marks delineating the individual feathers. I think it is the markings on the feathers that made me want to try to make a lino print, as I thought the process might have some similarity to the original carving or chipping out of these marks into the bronze.
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