Ancient Signs – Original Painting


Ancient Signs is an original painting by Cathy Read and was created in England in 2015.

All copyrights are retained by the artist, and the artwork cannot be reproduced without consent from Cathy Read.

The painting is 76 cm high by 56cm widew. Care: Display under glass. Keep painting away from moisture, heat and bright lights or direct sunlight

The image is created using masking fluid, then painted with a watercolour wash and covered with clingfilm. Once this is removed the picture is further developed using acrylic inks and building up layers, which are left to dry before the masking is removed to reveal the final picture.

The painting is sold framed in oak square profile frame with a single off white mount. It comes with a certificate of Authenticity.
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Original painting Ancient Signs by Cathy Read.

About the image:

Ancient Signs

Walking down Lombard Street in London, the historic business signs stand out.
The ancient signs are a throwback to times when literacy was the province of the elite.
Towering above is the new office tower of 20 Fenchurch Street, dubbed
the Walkie Talkie, due to its distinctive shape. This is the Walkie
Talkie Building as seen from Lombard Street. (I’ve also painted the
Golden Locust trade sign also on the same street.)

These ancient signs were created in the days when reading was a rare skill, and images were
the traditional method for advertising a company. I took several
photographs at the time and managed to find a position where these
signs were visible with the Walkie Talkie Building in the background.
I love the way the curve of the building makes it seem to peer over
to say “Hi” and the mix of ancient and contemporary in the

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