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Globe Theatre – Original Painting


Globe Theatre – An original painting by Cathy Read.
Created in England in 2021. The painting measurements are 61 x 45.7 x 2.3 cm.

The painting includes a certificate of authenticity.

Framing – The painting is sold unframed but framing can be arranged in a white frame as an add on item. Please allow 2-3 weeks for this option. Images are for guidance only

Care: Display under glass. Keep painting away from moisture, heat and bright lights or direct sunlight

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

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Globe Theatre – Original Painting

About the Image

Wandering along the Thames south bank, you will see many historic buildings, some over a century old.  South Bank is now home to great national centres for art and culture, a vibrant and growing community and some of London’s finest achievements in architecture.  When you come across the Globe Theatre, I will forgive you for thinking it is a Tudor construction.  A little research will quickly set you straight.

Globe Theatre Surprises

The Globe is a marvellous contemporary recreation of a historic building using techniques of old – although a few contemporary concessions were made. For example: those are not oil lamps outside.

Tudor buildings are distinctive and have an instant Old-World appeal. A thatch roof is a particularly incongruent sight in an urban environment.  Thatch hints at country villages with thatched cottages set in quaint rolling hills.

So why build it? And why here?

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is the brainchild of American Sam Wanamaker -director, actor, and Shakespeare enthusiast. He dreamed of recreating Shakespeare’s plays in the setting they were written for. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (1997-) has outlasted the original Globe Theatre (1599-1613) by six years, after the original famously burned down in a fire caused by a cannon effect in a production of the play – ‘Henry VIII’.  It’s an open-air experience, so come prepared for the elements.

A Gallery Conversion

The Globe Theatre sets the scene for another recreated iconic Arts structure – the Tate Modern gallery.  Convert a former power station and a gallery is born.  It holds the nation’s collection of modern art from 1900 to the present day. With 5.7 million visitors it is in the top ten most visited museums and galleries in the world.

In the painting, we visit the sites on a Saturday night. There’s a live audience enjoying the theatre and people stroll along the Embankment – but none in sight.  London seems quiet, but it hides engrossed spectators at the theatre performance.

Creation: Masking fluid is painted onto watercolour paper to create an image. This is covered with a watercolour wash and covered with clingfilm. The film is removed and the picture is developed further using acrylic inks. Several layers are added, allowed to dry and eventually the masking is removed. Revealing the final picture.


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