Saturday, 23 November 2019

Visit to St Bartholemew the Great, Smithfield, on Tuesday 19 November 2019

This was Art in the Park's second visit to the stunning St Bartholemew the Great so some of the sixteen sketchers who turned up on a grey November day knew what to expect. Most people focussed on the arches (mainly Norman, of course, in this historic location), but some picked out cameos from the monuments and the artwork, which includes a golden statue by Damian Hirst. The Church was rather dark, with daylight coming in from the upper windows, and with patches of golden light at ground level giving interesting effects. In the afternoon the daylight faded rapidly and the interior became very dark and cavernous. We very much appreciated the opportunity to sketch in such an antique building.

The weather was unfortunately too cold to sketch outside, but there were interesting possibilities outside for another time.

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