Saturday, May 26

WIMPOLE ESTATE, Royston, Cambridgeshire. UK



I first visited Wimpole Estate while accompanying my son's class on a school trip several years ago, as we walked through some of the grounds I remember looking over at the hall and promising myself I would return to this magnificent place, on Saturday, I did just that!

Wimpole Estate is huge and it's impossible to expect to see everything on one visit. The property was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1976 by the last owner, Elsie Bambridge. Therefore, like most of the NT properties, the hall opens at around 1pm making it impossible for me to visit during the week and still collect my children from school. The park and gardens open earlier which means I will be able to return to them with ease, so I chose to visit the house on Saturday.



I could easily spend a month at Wimpole and still find little corners of interest, architectural delights, unusual plants. There is also a farm so animals are also a subject here. The stables are no longer used for horses though, they contain shops now and this is where we sat to drink our last coffee of the day before leaving. I managed to make the sketch below while we drank and then coloured it from a photographic reference on my return home.



Sadly, I do not have any sketches from inside the hall to share with you which has made me re-think my National Trust sketching kit. I currently use an A4 Venezia sketchbook for all my NT properties, stately homes and churches. It is a beautiful book and although I am very happy with it's performance it is more than a tad clumsy to carry around these wonderful houses. No seating means standing to sketch and this is impossible with the A4 Venezia which results in me leaving without any sketches from the inside. Occasionally a steward has allowed me use of their chair and on one occasion I managed to stand and sketch on the right hand side of my large book but it is a problem and one I realised I would have to resolve this weekend after wanting desperately to record some of the rooms and realising I would have to leave with none of them.
I don't want to change books, I love the Venezia, so as a resolve I have decided to take an A6 wire-o sketchbook with me on future NT visits. While outside I shall work in my A4 and while inside I shall work in my A6, directly with pen which will help in my aim to cut the pencil guide out. I will then cut out the small sketches and mount them into my large book so everything is still together, which is important to me for a reason that is beyond me!

22 comments:

Serena said...

Beautiful sketches, Anita! I love the colours also ~

Nancy said...

Nicely done - looks like a wonderful place to visit.

laserone said...

These are awesome! I especially love the first one, w/ the gate. That one just looks SO inviting!

Dave said...

Beautiful sketches. I'm not sure which is my favourite, they're all so good.

shirley said...

These are beautiful - and I understand completely how you "need" to have them all together! Can't wait to see one of those collaged pages. Please don't forget to share them.

SCquiltaddict said...

such a lovely place....it must be so wonderful to have access to such beauty to sketch...and you do it sooo well!!

Natalie Ford said...

Gorgeous!

By the way, I got "this page could not be found" when I followed the link form your yahoo-groups post. I then went to your main blog page and worked out that it should have been
http://artbyanita2.blogspot.com/2007/05/wimpole-estate-royston-cambridgeshire.html
I hope that helps!

wclee said...

As I have mentioned before, beautiful structural and landscape sketches.

Anita said...

Thankyou Serena!

Anita said...

Thanks Nancy, it is beautiful but very big, I'll need a few more visits to Wimpole!

Anita said...

Thankyou Laser.

Anita said...

Thanx Dave!

Anita said...

Thanks Shirley. Glad you understand my need to have everything in category, I'll be sure to share my collage pages here! :)

Anita said...

Thankyou Margaret. Wimpole is just over an hour in the truck from me but well worth the journey.

Anita said...

Thankyou Natalie. No idea why the link had an error, thanks for pointing it out!

Anita said...

Thankyou WCLee!

juj said...

I love the subdued pallette, and that yellow is positively delicious. I know what you mean about keeping all your sketches together. I am the exact same way even though I don't understand it either. Pasting them into the big book is a good solution. I really like the hospital sketches too btw. The one of the cart is so interesting, and of course, as always, really well done.

Rah Kyndl said...

Now this is a well-rendered view.

Anita said...

Thankyou Rah!

phthaloblu said...

Such beautiful sketches. I love your little bits of architectural beauty that you render.

Anita said...

Thankyou JUJ, glad I'm not alone in my organising!

Anita said...

Thankyou Phthaloblu!