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.

December Outing to Leadenhall Market

We meet at 11 am on Tuesday 3 December for our December outing to Leadenhall Market, hopeful that there will be some Christmas spirit and decorations.

We have previously visited Leadenhall Market in October 2018 and there is a post on the blog. Although it is undercover it is cold so wrap up warm and bring sketching stools.

Meet under the central Rotunda. Janet's number for the day is 07815 772857.

Leadenhall Market dates back to the 14th century although the present building is Victorian, and features in the Harry Potter films as Diagon Alley.

The address is Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch St, Langbourn, London EC3V 1LT. As it is in the City there are plenty of buses and underground stations. The website is