Wherefore art thou Dormer Windows? #36 in the 4950 Series

Painting of roof windows in Buckingham36 Dormer Windows - Cathy Read - ©2018-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-17.8x17.8cm

These dormer windows are in Buckingham, tucked away on a side street. They could be in a number of locations, (again visible from google streetview for those not in Buckingham).

I love Dormer Windows from the outside, they add character to a roof. Give it a quaint olde worlde charm, but if I’m to live in a space, give me a skylight, or do the kind that take up the whole side. These little dormer windows are sweet, but the rooms behind tend to be on the dark side.

Painting of roof windows in Buckingham36 Dormer Windows - Cathy Read - ©2018-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-17.8x17.8cm-£154
36 Dormer Windows – Cathy Read – ©2018-Watercolour-and-Acrylic-17.8×17.8cm-£154

Then again, it’s easy to say that with a contemporary perspective. These cottages are over 200 years old, maybe even 300, and dormer windows were probably the height of innovation at the time, being slap bang in the middle of the Window Tax era. A time when you had to pay for light in you home. Can you imagine that in our days of floor to ceiling glass in our homes and offices. How much would our work lives have suffered. Fortunately the disadvantages of making people pay for their light were finally recognised and this ludicrous notion repealed.

The light from dormer windows like these must have been dazzling to eyes accustomed to paying for every illuminated shaft.

The light from dormer windows must have been dazzling to eyes accustomed to paying for every illuminated shaft.

ANSWER to the previous post: The Stonewall for painting 35 is opposite the old Town Hall on Bridge Street.

I’ll be holding an exhibition of the 4950 series in Buckingham in April. If you’d like to find out of the details once confirmed, let me keep you updated.

36 Dormer Windows is part of the 49/50 Painting Challenge. Find out how it began here.

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